Three persons suspected to be cultist members have been killed in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State following a bloody clash between two rival cult groups in the area.
The incident was among series of such incidents in the area even as the Nigeria Police recently announced the existence of over 24 cult groups in the state.
The Oracle Today gathered that the clash was between the Clansmen and the Black Axe Confraternities resulting in the shooting and hacking down of the victims.
This is coming on the heels of recent public renunciation of cultism by scores of students of the University of Uyo.
An eyewitness told our correspondent that one of the victims was hacked to death while two others were gunned down.
The incident had caused serious tension in the city of Eket as armed mobile policemen have taken over major streets of the oil city to forestall a further breakdown of law and order.
A source, who pleaded anonymity, said that one of the victims simply known as Dela met his untimely death while returning from watching a football match along Hospital Road in Eket.
He said one was killed at Salvation Army Road and the other along Eket-Oron road in Eket.
The current cult war is the second in three months that had claimed scores of lives.
Mr Bassey Edoho, a resident of Eket, said that the cult war might not end soon because of the fear that there would be further reprisal attacks.
He said that those killed were members of the Clan cult group.
Reacting to the development, the Akwa Ibom Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), ASP Ogechukwu Ikechukwu, confirmed the incident.
“One guy was cut to death in a suspected cult fight that took place in one of the streets in Eket,” he said.