Cultists clash in Rivers: Men of the Rivers State Police Command, on Wednesday, arrested four members of a suspected cult/group in Choba, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
The operatives had engaged the suspected cultists in a shootout that lasted for over 40 minutes before they succeeded in apprehending four of the bandits.
The incident occurred around 8.30am near the Rumuoajaka and T-Job junction in Choba, even as residents, including business owners, took to their heels.
It was gathered that though no life was lost, some of the cult members, who escaped the crossfire, sustained gunshot injuries.
A source told our correspondent that the suspected cultists had come out for their usual operation in the area when a team of policemen intercepted them and engaged them in a shootout.
The source, who identified himself simply as Ikechi, stated, “The two places where the incident took place in Choba were deserted as people ran away.
“Though I learned that some of the cultists were arrested, I am not sure about that, because we ran away from the scene immediately the first shot was fired.”
Choba and its environs have been experiencing cult clashes in recent times, which have claimed several lives, including that of a young man suspected to be a cultist, who was set ablaze by his assailants.
Confirming the gun battle between the police and the cultists on Wednesday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said the hoodlums were overwhelmed by the superior firepower of the security agents.
“I confirm to you that there was a shootout this morning between the men of the state police command and a group of cultists. We overpowered them and as I speak with you, we have arrested four of them,” Omoni said.
Cultists clash in Rivers