Listen to article
Traders have left the well-known Nkwuagu Market, which is near the Abakaliki/Afikpo Motorway, in fear for their lives and belongings after opposing cults clashed there. It is alleged that several of the traders have already been killed.
The Eastern Updates gathered that the cult clash which started last week, created panic among traders, and paralyzed business activities at the market located along Abakaliki/Afikpo Expressway.
The command of the Ebonyi State Police has verified the arrest of numerous notable people and young people for their suspected involvement in cult conflicts within the State.
There have been reports that several young people in the area may have died as a result of a recent altercation between two competing cult groups at the state’s Nkwagu market.
A reliable source said: ‘There is silent cult war in Abakiliki and its environs and about four persons, including a graduate have been killed.’
‘For four days now, this development has forced business owners to close at the Nkwagu axis of the military cantonment, where the first and the second attacks took place.
‘Again, youths in the same area and families have fled for fear of being attacked.
‘Traders at the local market, just after cantonment, have equally locked their shops for fear of being attacked by the armed cultists.’
The incident attracted heavy presence of security agencies, especially the police and the military to quench the escalation of the attacks.
Reacting to the incident, the spokesperson of the Ebonyi State Police command, SP, Onome Onovwakpoyeya who confirmed the cult clashes revealed that an investigation was still ongoing.
‘Concerning the cult clashes, investigation is ongoing and several persons have been arrested, she explained.