BEHEADING! Residents Flee Rivers Community, Fear Reprisal Attack
Reactions have continued to trail the beheading of two young men by a suspected rival cult group in Choba Community, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Residents of the area woke up to the ugly scene of two severed heads dumped at the popular SDA junction on Tuesday while the body trunks were reportedly abandoned on a farm at Ohwipa.
An undergraduate student of the University of Port Harcourt, Godstime Chinedu Stephen, was also found dead in the premises of Dufil Nigeria Limited, Choba earlier this year.
The area has also experienced constant attacks by armed robbers.
The Police on Tuesday said the beheaded duo were members of the Deybam cult group while their attackers were of the Islanders group.
However, some residents have reportedly begun fleeing the community over feared reprisal attack from the cultists.
But reacting to the killings, the paramount ruler of Choba community, Eze Raymond Okorocha, on Wednesday, described the beheading of the two young men in the community as evil.
He said the resurgence of attacks began after the state government disbanded the vigilance group in the area.
He said “the vigilance group in Choba was disbanded when the state made an announcement to disband youth activities in the state and implemented it. That was the beginning of the problems.
“The youths cashed in on the opportunity and started ravaging the environment with all kinds of evil, otherwise we have not been experiencing this type of evil in our land.”
The monarch said that the community has contacted security agencies and the Neighborhood Watch recently set up by the state government over the incident, stating that they are partnering to put up measures to tackle insecurity in Choba.
The Chairman of Police Community Relation in Choba Area Command, Moses Ahigbali, advised residents to be vigilant.
According to him “Every time, we hear different kinds of bad news in this area, the other time, somebody was shot dead at Rumuakara, another person was killed within the same area, how long can we continue like this?"
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