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Three killed as cultists invade Imo community

Three persons have been killed in the Mechanic village area of Owerri, lmo state following a bloody clash between rival cult groups.

This came days after three students of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) died of drug overdose.

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The victims who were killed with machete and other dangerous weapons on Sunday night were said to be members of the Aiye confraternity.

Over 15 persons including students in one of the higher institutions in the state have been killed in cult-related clashes in the state in the last one month.

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According to a witness, the cultists invaded the community around 12:30am and laid ambush for their targets who were returning from an outing.

The source who didn’t want to be mentioned, said that they were armed with machetes, clubs and other dangerous weapons.

He disclosed that apart from those that were killed, several other people who tried to rescue the victims from the assailants sustained machete wounds.

Meanwhile, residents of Mechanic Village, one of the satellite towns around Owerri, have lamented the increasing rate of cult-related killings in the community.

They appealed to security agencies to track down the cultists who they said have turned their lives into nightmare.

According to one of the residents, who didn’t want his name mention for security reasons, “we now live in fear every day; it is a very sad development as most of the gruesome killings are carried out in day time under the full glare of the parents of the victims. We want the government to come to our aid”.

When contacted,  the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, said that he has not being officially briefed.

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