Cult clashes in Anambra state leaves 9 dead

At least nine people have fallen victims to recent cult clashes in Anambra State's capital Awka, which is said to have started during the 'Imo Awka' cultural festival in the state on Sunday.

A source speaking to PUNCH NEWSPAPERS on the condition of anonymity, said some cult groups threatened to attack themselves during the festival over undisclosed reasons.

The source said, "The
reasons for the cult killing and counter-killings were not immediately ascertained but lifeless bodies of people alleged to be cult members liter different quarters in Awka eliciting tears from families of victims."

"Four were killed around Eke Awka , three killed around Nkwelle Awka, while one was killed around Regina Caeli Hospital Awka. On the Imo Awka festival, two cultists were fighting in front of Isiagu junction, Amikwo, Awka and threatening themselves"

The state's Police Public Relations Officer Haruna Mohammed, in a statement confirming the incidents, said: "The Command has embarked on an aggressive manhunt for the perpetrators of these dastardly acts following actionable intelligence received about their hideouts."

"So far over eleven notorious confessed suspects have been arrested by both the Special Anti Cult Unit and the special Anti-robbery Squad."




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