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Published On: Mon, Feb 4th, 2019

5 killed as suspected herdsmen, cultists clash in Delta

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From Nosa Akenzuaa, Asaba

Suspected herdsmen operating in Ovre Abraka community in Delta State have allegedly killed five suspected cultists in the area at the weekend.
It was gathered that the suspected cultists ambushed the herdsmen in the Ovre Abraka community bush shortly after they allegedly finished what was called convocation ceremony in the bush and on their way to their various homes, ran into the herdsmen.
They were said to have clashed with the herdsmen who overpowered them with their sophisticated guns and allegedly shot them dead on the spot. But the Police Public Relations Officer in the state,DSP Andrew Aniamaka who confirmed the incident, said the police was investigating the killing, adding that no arrest was made yet
DSP Andrew Aniamaka said:” the police are investigating the incident and no arrest had been made, the victims are suspected cultists, they belong to Vickings cult and they wanted to attack the suspected Fulani herdsmen as they came out of the bush where they had gone for their cult meeting, Unfortunately, the herdsmen allegedly opened fire on them. “
A community leader, Chief Benjamin Oghenevo who spoke to newsmen in the area said:” It was at about 3:30am at night when we heard repeated gunshots inside the bush and in the morning we wanted to go there but declined for fear of being attacked because Fulani herdsmen live in the area, however we made attempt and found it was true and we ran away, the police should move into the bush to see things themselves, the Fulani herdsmen are still operating in our community.”

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