UNICAL lecturer’s assassination sparks cult war in Calabar

Thursday ’s assassination of a lecturer in
the Department of Accounting , University
of Calabar , Dr . Emmanuel Igbeng , by
gunmen has sparked cult war in Calabar ,
the Cross River State capital.
At least , seven other persons have been
killed within three days following the
renewed clash between KKK and Vikings.
Igbeng was shot at about 8 .30pm on
Thursday at the gate of his house located
at Asuquo Abasi Street , off Uwanse Lane
in the Calabar- South axis of the
metropolis .
He was alleged to be a member of the
KKK group .
Although , the actual cause of the killings
was not disclosed , Southern City News
learnt on Sunday that the clash had left
many injured.
A source, who spoke on condition of
anonymity , said two other unidentified
persons suspected to be members of the
KKK group were also ambushed and
killed on that same Thursday .
The source said , “ On Friday, some
members of the rival Vikings group
stormed a popular hangout around
Atekong Drive, off Marian Road at about
7 pm and opened fire, killing at least two
persons .
“ The war started on Thursday night when
a lecturer in the University of Calabar ,
Dr Emmanuel Igbeng , who is alleged to be
a top member of one of the groups was
shot dead in his house .
“ At about 7 pm on Friday, one of the rival
cult groups stormed a popular joint at
Atekong Drive and killed two persons .
That same Friday night, one person was
shot dead along Queen Duke Street .”
He added , “Another was killed at
Harcourt by Luggard Street. On Saturday
morning, another person was shot dead
at the popular Etim Edem Park , close to
the Atakpa Police Division.
“ We just got information that a boy was
shot along White House Street , but he did
not die . He managed to escape with
gunshot wounds and has gone into
hiding .”
Meanwhile , security has been beefed up
in different parts of Calabar , especially in
the Calabar – South Local Government
Area , where it is believed that majority of
the cultists reside .
When contacted , the state Police Public
Relations Officer, Irene Ugbo, said the
police anti- riot squads had been
dispatched round the city to ensure
normalcy returned .
She said, “I cannot specifically tell you
the number of persons that have been
killed . The police are doing their best to
stop this cult war. No arrest has been
made so far . ”

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