From Osakhare Erese, Asaba
Bizarre activities of persons believed to be cultists that have been terrorizing Agbor Community, Boji Boji-Owa in Delta State, in the early hours of yesterday resumed operations when they allegedly killed 8 persons and three pregnant women.
It was reliably gathered that the killings perpetrated by various cult groups in the area might heighten palpable fear of the unknown as lorry load of armed police men and other security agents have dotted every nooks and crannies in both communities
It was further gathered that those who were allegedly killed by the cultists include a native doctor who they said prepares charm for the rival cult group and whose shrine serves as a meeting point for the group.
Investigation revealed that the development from the last count has claimed well over 26 persons since December 2014 till date: a situation that has created serious panic to unsuspecting visitors
Meanwhile, residents of the area have called on the state government not fold its arms and watch the situation degenerate further as they also called on the Joint Military Task Force to be empowered and address the ugly situation that had brought social interaction to its lowest ebb
An Octogenarian mother, Madam Alice Igbenoba who claimed to have lost two of her children to the terrorizing cult groups said: “I want the state government to come to our aid, we are tired of these killings, especially at night when they begin to shoot guns and sometimes kill innocent persons”
But the Police public relations officer in the state, DSP Celestina Kalu who confirmed the activities of the cult groups said that over 26 suspected members have been arrested, adding that the police have stepped up security measures with random arrest of people within the town with the help from detachments of more men from the state police headquarters.
DSP kalu said that victims of the cult war have been deposited at various state owned hospitals mortuary and warned that it will no longer be business as usual for the cultists