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Bloody rival cult clashes over parks control leaves 16 dead in Akwa Ibom

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In the past few days, the city of Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, has been rocked by violent clashes between rival cult groups. The Klaans and the Black Axe confraternities are battling over control of mini-bus parks in the area. The bone of contention is the collection of tolls, according to our sources.

As a result of the violence, about 16 people have been killed, and properties worth millions of naira have been destroyed. The affected areas, including Idu and adjoining areas of Uruan Local Government Area, have been deserted.

The violence started when the two confraternities engaged in a fierce fight over alleged encroachment into some parks earmarked for a different cult group. This sparked angry reactions from the opposing group, resulting in the bloody clashes.

Residents of the affected areas have expressed their fear and frustration, with some having to sleep with friends and relatives outside the area for safety. Others have lamented the lack of police intervention in the villages to confront the real culprits.

According to reports, eight people were slaughtered in Use Offot, while over ten others were killed in Anua, Ekpri Nsukara, and Oniong communities. Several others have been hospitalized with injuries of varying degrees.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Odiko Macdon, confirmed the killings, but stated that only four persons were killed. He also assured residents of Uyo that the Commissioner of Police (CP), Olatoye Durosinmi, has deployed Tactical resources to restore order and bring the perpetrators to book.

The recent bloody rival cult clashes in Akwa Ibom have caused a significant loss of lives and property. It is essential for the authorities to take proactive measures to prevent such violence in the future and protect the citizens of Uyo

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