Suspected cultists invade palace, kill two, injure village head


According to an eyewitness account who does
not want his name in print, gunmen numbering
about 10, stormed the village and attacked the
palace of the village head, Chief Bassey
Ikpaisong, who was fatally shot and left
critically wounded.
His brother, Mr. Fred Ikpaisong, and one
youth, identified as Mr. Udotim Essien, The
Guardian gathered, were shot and killed at
close range. This, the source said, is happening
barely two days after a similar attack left four
people dead and houses burnt in the
neighbouring Udianga Enem village.
Survivors of the attack have called for
increased security presence in the troubled
areas. “Right now, our village head is
hospitalized. It is not known whether he will
survive from the gunshots wounds because at
the moment, he cannot talk to the people who
visited him at the hospital.”
Confirming the incident, the Police Public
Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Chukwu
Ikechukwu, said the Divisional Police Officer
(DPO) in charge of the area “has intervened
and brought the matter under control.
“When I contacted the DPO, he told me that
immediately he heard of the matter, he rushed
down with his men and calmed the situation”,
he added.It would be recalled that the
immediate past Commissioner of Police in the
state, Mr. Don Awunah, had alleged as at May
this year that about 40 cult groups exist in the
state. 



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