A young man simply identified as Nzube has been killed in an alleged intra-cult war at Akalovo Emekuku Owerri in Owerri North local government area of Imo state.
The deceased who lived in a nearby village, Azaraegbelu allegedly met his untimely death when he, in the company of his friends, stormed a residence at Akalovo Emekuku on Saturday night and shot at a young man identified as “Seaman” (now at large), who is believed to be a member of his cult group.
Luck ran out on Nzube when he tried to escape after the attack and was caught by residents of the compound, who immediately inflicted machete injuries on him.
They dumped him by a drainage in Emekuku- Mbaise road, where he later died.
The Youth Chairman of Akalovo Community in Emekuku Owerri, Ikechukwu Obichere confirmed that the incident was cult-related, but added that efforts to get the attention of the Police during and after the incident yielded no result.
Mr Obichere complained that Cultists had been terrorising the community for a while, and appealed to law enforcement agents to beam their searchlights on the community because the people “now live in fear”.
“It is a cult issue between one of our brothers and his fellow cult member,” Mr Obichere affirmed.
“I only noticed the fight and heard a gunshot before we saw a man that was dead lying helplessly and I called the Police that night till this morning we didn’t see anybody. The cult boys have been disturbing here, shooting and harassing people, raping little girls.”
Another leader in the community, Franklin Chiagoro said the community had become helpless and expressed the fear that cult-related crime will escalate in the area if nothing urgent is done.
An elder sister to the deceased, who was wailing uncontrollably when his remains were being evacuated, said it was painful that her brother, whom she said was the only son in the family of five, chose to perish in the manner he did.
The deceased was said to be notorious in the area as passersby kept making uncomplimentary remarks about his person.
In a reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer, Imo State Command, Micheal Abattam, promised to get in touch with the nearest Police division for details and subsequent action.
Reporting by Chinazo Ilechukwu; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor