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Cult members clash as birthday turns bloody
Several members of two rival cult groups operating in Aba South Local Government Area of Abia State have reportedly been hospitalised in a bloody birthday clash.
Our correspondent gathered that the birthday party was held in a popular hotel located at the Ohanku axis of Aba South LGA.
It was gathered that the clash was a continuation of the battle for supremacy between Aro confraternity and another cult group known as Bobo(s).
It was also gathered that two security agents guarding the hotel facility were overpowered and their pump action guns snatched away from them by yet-to-be identified cult gang members in the melee.
The incident which also left several other customers at the hotel injured, forced residents of the area to scamper for safety as the rival group members engaged in a free for all bloody fight.
A source that claimed to have witnessed the incident, that gave its name simply as Great said “it was at the birthday of an Aro member who was celebrating his birthday at the hotel.
“There has been this war of supremacy going on among the Aro group and other cult groups in this area. We learnt that Aro members have at one or two occasions invaded birthdays of Bobo(s) group and this time, when the rival group got information about the birthday, one of them came and confirmed the information that they got.
“Customers there were not spared. In fact, we learnt that the cult boys also snatched phones of people. The man selling pork meat there was not spared as they pushed his wares into the gutter.
“We learnt that the Bakassi men who are working as security guards at the hotel were overpowered and their pump action guns collected from them.”
When contacted, the spokesman for the Abia State Vigilante Service (AVS), Mr. Ben Uche in a telephone interview denied that the security guards attached to the hotel were members of the AVS.