Not less than 10 persons have been shot dead in a cult clash in Nekede, Imo State.
We learnt that the clash between two cult groups, Ayes and Baggers confraternities, lasted for up to 10 days.
The incident which heightened tension in the area, made some residents flee their homes.
The clash which affected academic programmes in the school made the school management to impose a curfew, restricting the movement of students living in hostels on the campus after 6 pm.
“Since I gained admission into this polytechnic, I have never seen it this bad. The gunshots are frightening. Please, don’t mention my name.” one of the students said.
One of the Residents of the community where the Polytechnic is located, who also did not want her name disclosed, said that since the deadly cult battle started, they had been locking themselves inside their houses.
The indigene said, “Here in Umudibia Nekede, we sleep with our eyes wide open “There’s this boy they killed around our neighbourhood a few days ago. The boys are members of different cult groups and are on the rampage.
Meanwhile, a detachment from the state Police Command in Owerri, the state capital, had cordoned off the areas and made arrests.
Two of those who were killed have been identified as Cyriacus Ekejumba and Chidi Obilonu.
A Superintendent of Police, Orlando Ikeokwu and the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, told our correspondent that suspects, including one who was in possession of a gun, had been arrested.
Ikeokwu said that the operation that led to the arrest of the suspects was carried out by the Anti-Cult department of the Command in collaboration with Nekede Division.
The Police spokesperson gave the names of the arrested suspects as Chiamaka John, Amadi Nnaemka, Kalu Chibueze, Obinna Ojike, Iwuagwu Martins, Nnesoma John, Kingsley Nwogu, and Uche Chimebere.
Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Mr Martin Aligbe, said they have not confirmed any of the victims to be the institution’s students.
“The cult clashes are happening in the villages. It is not happening on the campus.
“But our concern is that our students live in the villages where these clashes are taking place. We have also reached out to the Police.”