Five persons, including a suspected drug peddler, were on Sunday killed and scores injured in a renewed cult war between notorious members of the Bobos and Iceland cult groups in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
The Truth gathered that the killings, which started in the early hours of Monday at OMPADEC area of the State capital and spread to other parts of the suburb known as Amarata, with residents scurrying for safety. A source informed the Truth that the killing of the suspected hard drug peddler at the OMPADEC area at about 3am by suspected Bobos cult members may have triggered the anger of the Iceland boys, who control the area in Amarata.
The deceased suspected drug peddler, who some persons claim do not belong to either cult groups, was reported to have had a verbal altercation with some unknown persons at a popular bar in Amarata, known as Kimowei Lounge during a birthday party.
He was trailed to his house and shot twice before he was dealt machete cuts, “we heard two shots fired at about 3am. And we heard voices shouting.”
In retaliation, the Icelanders invaded the Ebis Mechanic base of the Bobos and shot dead one boy known as Peter in broad daylight. They also dispossessed residents of mobile phones and other valuables at gunpoint.
Investigations into the reasons for the escalation of hostilities among the two rival cult groups, however, remained unknown. But a possible explanation would have been linked to the first killing.
The spokesman of the Bayelsa State Police Command, Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the renewed cult clash in the state capital, said only one person was killed along the Ebis Mechanic Area with operatives of the ‘A’ Divisional headquarters investigating and searching for the deceased family.