The Cross River Police command have said it arrested two suspected cultists over the brutal killing of two other gang members in Ugep, Yakurr local government area. One of those killed on Monday was identified as J Boy who was said to be one of the top leaders of the Vikings confraternity in Yakurr.
In a telephone chat, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, said: “Two persons died and two suspects have been arrested in connection with the cult clash. The Commissioner of Police has deployed officers there and they have restored normalcy. We have stepped up investigations and we are making efforts to arrest other suspects who have escaped.”
Our reporter learnt that members of a splinter group within Vikings confraternity in Yakurr, which is known as the Bakars, had clashed among themselves, resulting in the death of two persons, one on Monday and another allegedly killed by a mob on Tuesday.
A source who preferred anonymity explained it this way: “The same cult group, the Vikings, split into two, the junior Vikings which called themselves the Bakars fought themselves and they have been fighting since December 2019 killing people like that.”
The Permanent Secretary in charge of security, Governor’s office, Dr. Alfred Mboto confirmed the killings, saying he got distress calls from the Paramount Ruler of Yakurr that there was a renewed cult clash in his domain.
“We have informed the Commissioner of Police, CP Uche J. Anozia to send men there and quell the incident. The Paramount of Yakurr called me and informed me about the renewed cult clash and said some casualties have been recorded,” Mboto stated.
However, while our sources said about ten persons were killed as at Tuesday, the Police insisted only two casualties were recorded. As press time, it could not be independently established how many indeed lost their lives.