At least five persons have been reportedly killed in clashes between two cult groups – Greenlanders and Boboos, in the Bayelsa State capital, Yenagoa, following renewed attacks.
Confirming the clashes, the Bayelsa state Police Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat, said three persons were killed, adding that three others had been arrested in connection with the cult killings.
According to Butswat, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, “Three persons have been reported dead in the past four days. It was cult clashes between rival cult groups.
“We have identified the ringleaders of some of the groups that clashed.
“We have so far arrested three persons in connection with the killings and we have intensified efforts to arrest other cult members,” Butswat said.
On Tuesday, two men were allegedly shot dead at the Sand-Fill area while two corpses of suspected cultists were on Wednesday seen at the GoodNews Junction and Egbide Road.
One of the deceased, identified as T-Juice, from Ogbia Local Government Area and a suspected member of the Greenlanders cult was shot in the head at a close range when three armed youths invaded Egbide Street, popularly called Punch Road.
However, residents in the metropolis, particularly those living along Egbide Road; Ebis Road, Obele, Hospital Road, GoodNews and Azikoro areas, which have witnessed these killings, have called for the intervention of the state government.
Recently, the governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson signed a bill on anti-cultism into law.