No less than 16 members of different cult groups have been reported killed with scores injured in the last one week in the ongoing cult war in major cities and towns, especially in the remote settlements in Delta State.
According to security sources, the areas mostly affected were Udu, Enerhen, Sapele, Ughelli, Ozoro and Oghara where incidences of cultism were recorded on daily basis.
It was gathered that for instance, in Udu Local Government Area where cultism was reported to have reached its climax, rival cult members used to be on the trail of one another to various drinking bars and joints perceived to be the home base of their opponents to unleash terror on both members and innocent indigenes of the area.
Daily Sun and ThisDay quoted sources close to the Udu Council of Elders on Tuesday as saying that nine persons have been killed within the last two weeks in series of attacks and reprisal between two rival cult groups in the area.
It was gathered that some major hotels in Udu area now play host to these cult groups and it is from these hotels that the members plot their next strike on their opponent and other counter attacks that had claimed many lives and several injuries.
To checkmate the growing menace, the security source disclosed that a joint police sting operation coordinated from the office of the Warri Area Commander and led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), B Division, Okumagba Avenue, CSP Anietie Eyoh, led to the arrest of over 36 cult members during a raid on two hotels along the DSC expressway last weekend.
Another raid to the Enerhen community by the same police special task force, it was learnt, also resulted in the arrest of over 15 cult members in some notorious hideouts where the various cult groups converged regularly.
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