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Cult war: Three persons killed in Sunday clash in Awka


There are rumours that at least three people were killed in Awka, Anambra State capital on Sunday as a result of ongoing cult war among cultists in the city.

Though the locations of two of the three attacks were not made known, but an eyewitness told THE RAZOR that one of the attacks happened in the full glare of traders and passersby at Eke Awka market.

The source said: Two tricycles were driving recklessly along Ziks Avenue at Eke Awka.

“They were pursuing themselves. At around Eke Awka market, the tricycle at the front got stuck in the traffic, and one boy inside it alighted and started running.

“Two boys in the tricycle behind also jumped down and pursued him. He ran towards Parkers area along Ziks Avenue, and diverted into a road by the right, into a mechanic workshop.

“The boys pursued him into the place, dragged him out and shot him to death. The incident caused pandemonium, and people were just running in all direction. For me, I didn’t even know I could run that fast,” the source said.

Police authorities have however denied knowledge of any killing on Sunday. Spokesperson for the Anambra State Police command, SP Tochukwu Ikenga told THE RAZOR that there was no such information before the command.

Last week Sunday, which was also Easter day, no fewer than six persons were reportedly killed in the city. This was also attributed to cult war among rival groups.

It was gathered that the clash which dates back to years was enkindle by struggle for control of revenue accruing from tricycle and shuttle bus operators, through tickets, emblems and others.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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