Two die in Bayelsa rival cult clash

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By Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

Two persons died on Tuesday during a clash between two rival cult groups, Greenlanders and Bobos, at the Swali Ultra-modern market in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

The suspected cultists, who reportedly came out in their large numbers, seized the opportunity to loot and unleash terror on traders and other passersby in the fight that started in the market.

The incident was said to have thrown the entire market into chaos as the security personnel and traders scampered to safety.

It was gathered several other persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to the hospital.

The suspected cultists, who were seen wielding guns, machetes and other dangerous weapons, reportedly carried out their operations without any interference from security agencies.

A trader, who pleaded anonymity, claimed cash and goods stolen by the criminals ran into millions as they (cult members) had a field day looting phone shops and other stores in the separate attacks, which began in the morning and continued till the evening.

It was also gathered for many years now, Swali market and traders have been at the mercy of notorious cultists who rob, maim and sometimes kill those who refuse to give them money.

But the recent crisis has left perpetual fear in the hearts of traders, with many calling on the state government to beef up security.

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Eyewitnesses claimed one of the victims, an Igbo man, was killed when members of Bobo’s cult group attacked a hideout of their rival Greenlanders group within the market.

They also claimed the other victim, a Hausa trader, was killed when the Greenlanders went on a reprisal in the market.

Another trader, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The Bobos attacked a hideout of Greenlanders in the market. After their clash, they attempted to rob the Igbo man who was hawking beverages.

“When they tried to collect all the money he had made that day, he resisted their attempt and they attacked him with machetes, killing him on the spot.

“After everywhere calmed down, the Greenlanders came back in the evening to attack some members of Bobos hanging around the market when they accidentally killed the Hausa man selling onions.”

Bayelsa Police spokesman, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the incident.

He said: “It was a rival cult clash and two persons died. However, one Emmanuel Akpaye and Chinedu Offor were injured and are responding to treatment at FMC. An investigation is ongoing.”

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