While the sun set on Sunday, he was not aware that his life was also going down. 

It was another cult killing in Bayelsa, the 8th death that Bounce News has reported in two months of attacks and counter-attacks and this bares record that the war in the oil-rich state is moving away from killings with machetes to a more sophisticated method - the use of guns. 

Another young man, suspected to be a member of a cult, was shot on Sunday evening.

Eyewitnesses said the victim, who has not been identified, was shot two times by gunmen also believed to be members of a rival cult group.

Bayelsa cult war moves away from gun to machete

The killing took place along Obele Junction in Ovom, in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State barely two weeks after the killing of another suspected cultists by a rival cult at Erepa Junction.

The Sunday that was going smoothly ended in fear for residents of Obele and it's environs, as gunshot rented the air.

Confused, many of them ran for cover, but the assailants had a target and the moment he was down, they disappeared.

Eyewitnesses told Bounce News that the young man was chased by more than five rival cultists. 

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 "They caught up with him and shot him severally.

"Men of the Nigerian Police force were alerted but before they could get to the area, the victim was already dead," one of the eyewitnesses said.

A resident of Obele, Mr Timidi Akeme, recounted that few weeks ago, a boy was killed at an occasion he attended behind St. Peters Church. 

He expressed worries that a once peaceful Yenagoa was becoming too hot even before the 2019 general elections.

Bayelsa cult war moves away from gun to machete

"We need adequate security in this state, else, we might not be able to come out and vote during the election. 

"Catch and kill will stop this nonsense," he said, suggesting jungle justice. 

The police has not confirmed the incident, but an official of the state command who requested that he should not be name because he was not authorised to speak, said two suspects had been arrested in connection with the killing. 

Cultism and cult related activities have become a daily occurrence in the oil-rich state in southern Nigeria.

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Some residents have attributed the rising rate of cult-related killings to the abuse of substances, and lack of proper parental upbringing.  

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