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Cultists kill army officer, 5 others in Rivers state

Cultists kill army officer, 5 others in Rivers state

Six people have been killed following cult clashes in Ogba-Egbema – Ndoni Local government area of Rivers state.

Cultists kill army officer, 5 others in Rivers state

About 6 people have been reportedly killed following renewed cult hostilities in Rivers state.

The development is a set back to effort of the newly appointed Caretaker Committee Chairman, a renowned Lawyer, Osi Olisah and the government’s Amnesty Programme to restore peace in the volatile ONELGA.

Yesterday, notorious and heavily armed group known as Squanta Force, one of the groups which has refused to accept the amnesty offer of the state government, attacked a multinational company killing three Civil Defence officers and left four others with life-threatening bullet injuries.

READ ALSO: Amnesty! Frenzy in Rivers as 22,000 cultists surrender to Governor Wike

According to Daily Post, the group, said to be camped near an oil-well in the creek of Obiafo in Ndoni part of ONELGA, and led by one Ave-Boy engaged the helpless Civil Defence officers who were caught napping.

A picture of a notice pasted on the wall of the scene of the attack indicates that Squanta Force are members of aggrieved youths from ONELGA.

Cultists kill army officer, 5 others in Rivers state

An army official, civil defense officers and a civilian have been reportedly killed by cultists in Rivers state.

In the same vein, another group of unknown gunmen shot and killed a military officer and a civilian at a round about junction also in Ndoni, ONELGA in Rivers state.

It was gathered that the gunmen attacked two stranded soldiers who were battling with fixing their car at the round about.

Two civilians who were helping the officers to fix their car were caught in the cross fire which led to the death of the Officer and the civilian.

The other soldier and the civilian escaped with gun wounds and are currently being treated in an undisclosed hospital.

READ ALSO: UPDATE: No more war! Militants surrender weapons, explosives to Wike (photos)

Cultists kill army officer, 5 others in Rivers state

The reason for the attack on the military men is unknown. Both the military and the Civil Defence are yet to make any official statement.

In the meantime, in a bid to further curb the spate of violence in the area, the CTC Chairman, Olisah has announced ban on the use of motorcycles popularly called Okada in ONELGA from 6pm to 6am.

The Chairman said the ban which takes effect immediately, will be sustained until further notice.

He has also directed security operatives to enforce the ban.

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