16 killed in Akwa Ibom rival cults clash

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No fewer than 16 persons have been reportedly killed in a bloody supremacy clash between two rival cult groups – Klaans and Black Axe confraternities – over the control of a minibus park in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

It was gathered that the incident started on Sunday in the Nwaniba Area of the state when the two groups engaged each other over alleged encroachment into the park to collect parking tolls by one group, forcing an angry reaction from the opposing camp.

A resident of the community, Nora Iwang, told newsmen in Uyo on Tuesday, that property estimated at several millions of naira have been destroyed in the crisis while thousands have deserted their homes.

Nora who said she was returning home that fateful day disclosed that she had to sleep with relations and friends outside the area, following distressed calls from frightful neighbours around Udo Ekpo Nkpo Street.

“Thank God, I finally arrived at my house this morning (Tuesday) after my friends called me Monday evening to sleep elsewhere and not to return for fear of being killed by the rampaging armed hoodlums,” Iwang lamented.

Another resident, Anofiok Usen said, “My wife called me at about 7:50 pm on Monday, that I should not return home because of ongoing killings around my area in Udo Ekpo Nkpo Street and the adjoining areas of Nwaniba, Ekpri Nsukara, Eniong Offot and Use Offot communities. I had to take refuge at my sister’s place off Abak road till this morning, Tuesday.”

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