No fewer than eight people have been gunned down in Ibaa community in Emohua Local Government Area in Rivers State on Friday.
It was gathered that four of the victims were beheaded and their severed heads taken away by the rampaging cultists.
A source in the community, who preferred to speak on condition of anonymity, noted that the cultists invaded the community in reprisal.
The source noted that Deygbam cultists visited the community around 3am to avenge the death of their member, who was killed by the Icelanders last month.
“Some cultists invaded the community and have killed over eight people. They killed and beheaded four persons.
“People are living in fear, but the killers were shouting in the night that we should not run; that they know the people they are looking for,” the source added.
He called on the state government and security operatives in the state to deploy security operatives in order to restore peace in the troubled community.
Effort made to reach the Community Development Committee Chairman in Ibaa, proved abortive as his contacts were not reachable as of press time.
However, the Public Relations Officer of the Rivers State Police Command, Mr. Nnamdi Omoni, noted that personnel of the command had been drafted to the community to restore normalcy.
Omoni confirmed that it was cult reprisal that led to the killings, adding that the number of casualties in the incident had not been ascertained.
He said, “Cultists invaded the community today and killed some people believed to be rival cultists in reprisal. It is a cult-related incident. The police are aware of it.
“The Commissioner of Police in the state has mobilised personnel to the community to restore peace and smoke out the perpetrators of the act.”