Members of Aminigboko community in Abua-Odual local government area of Rivers state are now counting heavy human and material losses after gunmen suspected to be members of one of the rival cult groups raided the village leaving sights of ruin and blood.
The gunmen who attacked the community are said to have burnt down buildings belonging to the King of Emughan clan, His |Royal Highness Thankyou Obagana and several others belonging to members of the community. More than two persons are said to have lost their lives in the attack. We gathered that one of the victims was burnt alive inside his home.
A member of the community who called us from Ahoada said he was lucky to have escaped alive but that he and his family were separated in the confusion which followed the attack and has not been able to establish contact with them to ascertain if they are safe.
Several villages in Emughan and other parts of Abua have become a ghost of their former selves as a result of the long running battle of supremacy between the Iceland and Greenland cult groups which has led to the death of so many youths and the destruction of properties worth millions of Naira.
The menace of cultism and violent crimes has become recurrent decimal in the oil rich Rivers state of Nigeria as no day passes without an ugly incidence related to kidnap, rape, murder and robbery across the state. Many have attributed the current level of insecurity around the state to the proliferation of light weapons and the failure of government to bring to book those who commit these heinous crimes.
Recall that while the dusts raised by the violence which greeted the Saturday, March 19th rerun elections were just beginning to settle down , the mainstream new and traditional media were on Thursday inundated with stories of multiple murders which occurred at various locations in the state including the gruesome assassination of an unknown man at OandO fuel station in Rumuomasi in Port Harcourt.