Police, soldiers clash with suspected cult members in A’Ibom

There was pandemonium in Akwa Ibom at the weekend as soldiers and policemen engaged suspected cultists in a shoot-out in Uyo, the state capital.

The Nation gathered trouble started when policemen tried to disperse of group of young men in uniform who had gathered for a burial ceremony at Use Offot community in Uyo.

The young men, in their regalia, our correspondent learnt, were members of a cult group, ‘Mafia Confraternity,’ who gathered for the burial of their kingpin.

The police, acting on intelligence, had swooped on the suspected cult members and prevented them from conducting the interment of their leader.

Angered by the action of the police, eyewitnesses said there was an exchange of gunfire between the police and suspected cult members.

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Due to the confusion, the corpse of the cult leader (name unknown) was taken away by unknown persons and was yet to be buried at the time of filing this report.

The Nation learnt when the situation got out of hand, the State Police Command had to send more of its men to the scene of the incident.

However, the situation was brought under control when a detachment of soldiers were drafted to handle the crisis.

The police public relations officer, CSP Frederick N-Nudam, when contacted said he was not aware of the incident and promised to get back to our correspondent.

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