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There was pandemonium in Aba, Abia State on Thursday over the killings of some young men suspected to be members of the dreaded Aro Cult Group by some yet-to-be identified gunmen.
Residents who spoke to newsmen under the condition of anonymity disclosed that corpses of the suspected cultists who were killed were littered in areas like Over Rail, Cemetery road, Omuma road, Apostolic Road and Nwangwa Street, Onitsha road , Ama Ogbonna, as the killings have become a daily affair.
Another resident of of the town who lives on Onitsha road, narratted that; ‘What’s happening is not a cult war. This area is dominated by the members of the Aro Cult. They’re not at war with any other group, but what we’re seeing is a killing that looks like what Bakassi Boys did here between 1999-and 2003.
‘The people killing those boys are sending a direct message because their bodies are dumped where the owners will see them and the killings are not done with the fight. None of those killed so far was a stranger to the people of the area. They are notorious boys. People are afraid because the killing is definitely not by the police or the army. Many are calling the killers unknown gunmen but I can’t place my hands on their identity.’
Efforts to get the reaction of the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Abia State Command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, failed as he did not pick up calls placed on his mobile number when correspondents tried fruitlessly to reach out to him for his reaction.
However, a Police source at Aba Area Command who confirmed the incident to newsmen, disclosing that the police are aware of the matter and were currently carrying out investigations. He however, declined further comments when quizzed further.
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