A clash between suspected members of the Iceland and Bobos cult groups in Amarata area of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital has claimed the lives of Four persons including a 17 years old boy identified as Tariebi popularly known as Kim.
The bloody cult war, which has lasted over two weeks, has made mockery of the attempts by the State Government through the office of the State Vigilante Service to promote peaceful co-existence among the cult groups in the state.
The 17 years old boy, who was shot in the head by the suspected members of the Icelander group on Tuesday evening along the Apex Academy road in Amarata, was incidentally not a member of either warring groups.
A resident of the Apex Academy road, who pleaded anonymity, told leadership yesterday the late 17 years old Tariebi was a humble boy loved by many on the street, but was unfortunately caught in the shooting from the invading cult group.
According to him, ”a commercial tricycle was sighted entering the street at about 7.30pm with three boys inside. And the next thing every resident heard were gun shots. By the time they went to check, the corpse of the boy was found.’
“If you visit the Apex Academy road, we are in mourning. Most residents have contributed some monies to assist in the burial of the boy. Though the police came for the corpse but later brought it back for the family to bury him properly.”
Tari-ebi who is paternally Bayelsa and maternally Rivers States was murdered in cold blood when he went to buy stuffs in the area.
Some of the suspected warring cultists are however reported to be moving into hiding and coming out occasionally to launch attacks on their rivals.
An inside source within the office of the State Vigilante Service revealed that there is an ongoing effort to reach out to the leaders of the various cult groups for them to sheath their swords and resolved whatever issues that may have spark the violence.
But records showed that past efforts by the successive administrations in the state to enter a peace deal with the cult groups have failed due to failed leadership control, high consumption of drugs, lack of proper education, political interference and poverty.
The spokesman of the State Police Command, Asimin Butswat however said report available showed that only two deaths were recorded but said the police Command has commenced investigations into the cult clashed at Amarata, which resulted to the death of two suspected cultists, “The leaders of the cult groups have been identified and efforts are underway to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators”.