Hoodlums places Calabar South LGA residents under house arrest
Residents of Calabar South Local Government Area of Cross River State, have been kept indoors by hoodlums suspected to be cultists.
One of the residents of the area, Charles Etim decried the episode noting that the residents of Calabar South Local Government area close their doors as early as 6pm.
He said, “This an area that people stay outside their residents, drinking and eventually go home around 12am to 1pm.
“These hoodlums who brandish machetes and guns as well as other dangerous weapons move in droves of 10-20, intimating residents from streets to streets.
“On Thursday, these hoodlums raided my street along Ibesikpo Street, Atamunu, Uwanse, Mayne Avenue, Ekpo Abasi, White House and other streets in the Local Government Area, collecting hand bags from women, men and extorting money and other valuables.
“These people (Suspected cultists) similarly, enter shops, restaurants and other business centres, cart away property worth several hundreds of thousands.
“They wear black, covered their faces and move in groups. They brandish knives, guns and other dangerous weapons forcing people to leave for their homes early”
Recall that a renewed cult clash between Klans and Vikings was alleged to have claimed five lives in Calabar South of Cross River State.
The incident occurred on Tuesday night and early part of Wednesday along Watt market by Bedwell street, Ekpo Abasi Street, Ibesikpo Street, Atu Street, all in Calabar South area of the State.
An eyewitness who gave her as Justina Ekpo said two young men were allegedly killed along a popular Watt market; each was murdered at Ekpo Abasi Street, Ibesikpo and Atu Street.
She said the murder was a reprisal over what happened during the early part of this month (June).
“As at Tuesday and early part of Wednesday morning, at least five persons were violently killed by irate youths suspected to be members of rivalry cult groups.
Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ms Irene Ugbo, has confirmed the clash, saying it was between Klans and Vikings.
She explained that only two young men were murdered and not five as alleged.
“Only two suspected cultist were killed, one at Watt Market and the other along Atu Street,” She stated.