Pandemonium ensued at about 9pm on Sunday night in front of Tozak Hotel at Ekuigbo, Ughelli in Ughelli Local Government Area of Delta State as a result of a shootout by suspected members of two rival cult gangs leading to the death of two gang members, one from each group.
Commercial activities were grounded as shops hurriedly locked up in fear of reprisal attacks by the cultists and wanton arrest by the police and other security agents in the town as a result of the killings.
It was gathered that both victims died on the spot while gang members of one of the casualties fled the scene with the remains of their colleague.
Sunday’s killing is the 4th in 5 days in what has been termed as a renewed cult war that has engulfed Ughelli and its environs leaving residence at the mercy of these cultists while the security agencies seem helpless in combating the scourge.
As at 9:34pm when Vanguard visited the scene of the incident, the remains of one of the victims in his late 20s was still in the middle of the road while members of the police from Ughelli ‘A’ Division and the local vigilante popularly referred to as Bakassi were seen within and outside the hotel premises investigating the incident.
According to a member of the vigilante at the scene of the incident, the victim died on the spot after he was shot at close range at the back of his head with a shotgun, adding that the victim is a wanted hitman.
He said: “This guy has been on our wanted list for awhile now. He is a hit man who has been the brain behind most of the cult related killings in Ughelli of recent.”
Meanwhile, a food vendor, who sells directly opposite the hotel where the incident occurred, gave the name of the victim as Ovigue whose dad operates a record store along Market Road, Ughelli.
She said: “We were all standing here attending to customers when suddenly we heard gunshots with two persons on the ground.
“While mayhem was unleashed, friends of one of the shot victims, carried him and fled through Ataverhe Street, while friends of the second casualty (Ovigue) absconded, leaving him in a pool of his own blood.”
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