By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Mr. Nnamdi Chukwuede, Chairman of Asaba Community Vigilante who spoke to our reporter in Asaba, confirmed that the three farmers were shot dead during the cult group rival war, while 21 others within the area sustained severe injuries, and are presently being treated in a private hospital in Asaba.
“The corpses were deposited at the private hospital mortuary, while efforts were being geared to arrest the perpetrators; the victims were killed in a shootout during the cult rival war in the area. We have been doing our best, but it seemed the cult groups were increasing by day”.
Investigation revealed that cult-related clashes had, in the past three years, increased in Asaba, Ibusa, Okpanam and environs with no fewer than 43 persons killed.
But the police public relations officer in the state, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, told our reporter “the identities of the suspects have been unmasked; we are on their trail; we will not relent until they are brought to book”.
Meanwhile, the unidentified corpse of a middle aged woman was early Saturday mornin found along Okpanam axis of Benin/Asaba Expressway. Reports said that the corpse, already decomposing, unsettled residents of the area who scampered from the scene into different direction for fear of the unknown. DSP Andrew Aniamaka, confirmed that the victim might be lunatic, adding that efforts were being made to evacuate the corpse.
Also, the police operatives in Ugborikoko community, near Effurun, have arrested three suspected armed robbers in the area, and recovered three locally made guns from them.
Delta state Police Commissioner, Mr. Mohammad Mustafa who spoke to our reporter said: “the police detectives at the Effurun Police Division acted on a tip-off, and swooped on the suspects while they were robbing a prominent business woman, Mrs. Stella Obeh in the area at gun point”.
He warned members of the public against the use of private security guards, adding that many of them leak information to robbers.