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Gunmen Kill 5 In Rivers State

Gunmen Run Amuck In Rivers State Leaving A Trail Of Blood, Tears And Corpses But 10 Are In Police Net

Unidentified gunmen killed five persons at Agbonchia community in Eleme local government area of Rivers State Saturday night. Our correspondent gatheredthat the attackers, who are suspected to be cultists, invaded the community on motorcycles and opened fire on unarmed members of Agbonchia community leaving five persons dead.

Residents narrated that the gunmen Saturday evening stormed the community and started shooting at random. The gunmen moved to Eleme market and shot at traders, injuring some of them as well as attacked residents of Ejama Ebubu, a community where clashes among cultists are common occurrence.

The gunmen also attacked a motorcycle washing area, where some commercial motorcycle operators, commonly known as Okada riders were washing their bikes. Residents claimed that the shooting lasted for more than one hour as residents scampered for safety.

The attackers, residents insisted were suspected cists who stormed the area to fish out members of a rival gang or were on a revenge mission.

Confirming the attacks, the Police Public Relations Officer, Rivers State Command, Ahmad Mohammad, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said that five persons were killed diring the attacks, and that the police had made some arrests linked to the killings on Saturday night. Ahmad said the police also went after other suspects and arrested 10 persons on Sunday, including a notorious cultist that had been terrorizing the area. According to Moham mad, “preliminary investigations revealed that the incident is related to cult activities. We arrested 10 persons today, including Mar Bode Ngochindo, a vicious and notorious cultists.

“Items recovered from the scene include one Lexus Jeep, two motorcycles and 20 expended shells of 7.62 ammunition”, Mohammad added.

In a similar incident, armed youths stormed the Rumuigbo Civic Centre, a venue of elders meeting and startied shooting and injured some persons. Residents said the gunmen, who also arrived in motorbikes at the Rumuigbo Civic Centre in Port Harcourt drove off after the attack.

 – Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt

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