Rivalry between cult groups claims 2 lives in Yenagoa

Yenagoa, March 19, 2017 (TNE): The fight for supremacy between two rival cult groups claimed the lives of two teenagers in Yenagoa on Saturday, The Nigerian Expression reports.
The incident, occurred at the Amarata area of Yenagoa, causing panic among residents who watched the horror and fierce battle between the rival armed cult gangs.
The cult groups were said to have freely used guns, cutlasses,  axes and other dangerous weapons during the clash.
The encounter lasted for about one hour, without response by police or security agents to distress calls, witnesses claimed.
The incident left the two teenagers, aged 18 years  and 19 years, dead through gunshots received during the bloody clash, according to an eye witness.
One of the victims, identified simply as Paul, from Anambra, was said to have been shot by  the rival cult group when he allegedly led his group, armed with guns and other weapons on a reprisal  for an earlier attack on their group.
He was said to have been shot in the abdomen and died at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, where he was rushed to for treatment.
The other victim, whose name could not be ascertained,  died during the clash.
Their remains have been deposited at the mortuary of the FMC, Yenagoa.
Residents of Amarata, a slum within Yenagoa, have been living in fear for some months now due to frequent cases of violent cult activities and robberies in the area.
Before the clash, scores of cult boys have been robbing residents of the area of their valuables, particularly money and other valuables.
Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Asinim Butswat, confirmed the death of only one person.
He denied that the victim died as a result of cult-related incident, saying it was a case of robbery.
He, however, said the command had intensified patrols on the trouble areas to prevent further breakdown of law and order. (TNE)
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