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NO fewer than ten vehicles were damaged and several persons wounded as suspected cultists engaged themselves in a bloody battle at the weekend.
ASABA — NO fewer than ten vehicles were damaged and several persons wounded as suspected cultists engaged themselves in a bloody battle at the weekend.
Police on their part, swiftly moved to quell the fracas, rounding up two of the suspects.
The cultists, according to an eyewitness, brandished dangerous weapons such as daggars, axes, guns and charms and were said to have attacked themselves. As a result of the fight, shops were forced to close and unfortunate passers-by fell victim. Some were wounded while others had their vehicles damaged.
The battle ground was the Ogbeke Square, Asaba and the adjourning streets where the suspects unleashed mayhem over an undisclosed reason. Although, unconfirmed reports had linked the clash to rivalry among the cult groups, who are mainly youths.
An eyewitness told Vanguard that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of A Division Asaba, Mr. Aminu Pai, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) personally led the police anti-riot team to the scene to bring the situation under control.
Among the victims who had his vehicles damaged during the fracas was the Councillor representing Ward II Oshimili South Local Government Council, Mr. Nwanze Enebeli. He had his volvo car smashed.
Contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Miss Olabisi Okuwobi told Vanguard on phone that “it is true that the cultists reared their ugly heads but we (police) were on hand to bring the situation under control. As I speak two of the suspects are with us. When we got there they (suspects) ran away to evade arrest. But our working with the community paid off as they (community) handed over two of them to us and they will be charged to court after investigation.”
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