At least, seven persons were killed in Kono Boue in the Khana Local Government Area and Isiodu in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State by gunmen suspected to be cultists.
Properties worth millions of naira was destroyed by the suspected cultists during the raid on the Kono Boue community on Sunday.
While five persons were shot dead by a group of cultists in the Khana LGA, two said to have been hacked to death at Isiodu.
It was reported that the Kono Boue incident, which happened around 4pm, caused panic in the area, as residents ran to avoid being caught in the crossfire.
A source in the Khana LGA stated that one of those killed was popularly known as Dollar Boy.
The source, who pleaded not to be named said,
“The gunmen were cult members and they came in broad day light. Though we can’t state the specific number of persons who died during the attack, I learnt that many were killed during the incident.”
Confirming the two incidents, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, said, five persons lost their lives in Kono Boue, while 2 were killed in cult-related attacks in Isiodu.
Omoni, however, explained that the state police command had begun investigation into the two incidents with a view to apprehending and bringing those behind the killings to justice.
“I can confirm to you that in Kono Boue, five persons were killed by cultists, while in Isiodu, two persons lost their lives in another cult-related attack. Investigation has begun into the two incidents,” he added.
Earlier, the Chairman, Khana Local Government Area, Chief Lahteh Loolo, condemned Sunday’s cult attacks and the destruction of property in Kono Boue.
He said one person had earlier been killed in Bori on Friday barely few hours after a security stakeholders’ meeting.
Loolo stated, “The authority of the Khana LGA has condemned in strongest terms the killing of one person in Bori on Friday last week, barely few hours after the security stakeholders’ meeting in Bori.
“We also condemn the cult gang war that led to the killings and destruction of the property of innocent citizens in the early hours of Sunday, May 19, 2019, in the Kono Boue community.”