7 killed, Several Houses Burnt in Cross River Cult Clash

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At least seven people have been reported killed in a cult war that erupted in Okundi, Boki Local Government Area of Cross River State.

The incidents reportedly occurred at Okundi, Boki Local Government Area of the state after a youth was killed on Monday night.

Reports said the youth, identified as Joseph Bukie Bankong, was killed on Monday night and this sparked further clash and bloodshed on Tuesday.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo, confirmed the incidents.

The cultists allegedly camped at Apostolic Church in Okundi, close to Boki Boys’ Secondary School and on Monday night, they killed their first victim, Joseph Bukie Bankong, who allegedly opposed activities of cultists in the community.

“The killing of Bankong made the entire community to rise up against suspected cult members.

“In the process, Alphonsus Etta Ewung, Otu Agbor Edum, and Chief Paulinus Otu’s son, among others, were killed,” a source who pleaded for anonymity said.

The State Commissioner of Police, Austin Agbonlahor, confirmed the incident in a telephone chat.

“It is a cult war which started last (Monday) night. The police are on ground now,” Agbonlahor explained.

He, however, said he was not aware of the number of casualties.

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