Written by Williams ABAH

One person killed, 29 arrested in Masaka cult clash

No fewer than 29 persons have been arrested over the killing of a man, whose name was given as Abdul, in Masaka, a suburb in Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, during a cult clash. 

Residents in the area, particularly Angwan Jaba, axis, and riverside, are living in fear as the cult group terrorizes and robbed them almost on daily basis. 

An eyewitness revealed that no day passes without incident of crimes, describing it as a dangerous trend that has left residents in a state of anxiety. 

A resident of Angwan Jaba, Mr. Gimba Audu, said that the rate of crime in the area is getting worse by the day.

According to him, "last month, Mark Adanu, was killed on his way from work, along Angwan Makama, after he ran into cult group, who demanded for his laptop.

"I don't know how to describe this situation we are passing through in this area, while on the road, you are not safe, in your house is the same. It is painful that most of these children in this cult groups, are all living with their parents in this area, yet nothing is done to call them to order". 

The police operatives who made the arrest, promised to investigate the rampaging cult related crimes in Masaka and bring all the perpetrators to book. 

Our correspondent gathered that the injured persons sustained various degree of injuries and were hospitalised in an undisclosed private hospital in Masaka. 

Mr. Usman, a resident of Angwan Tiv, disclosed that rival cults had mobilised for a reprisal attack at Angwan Tiv, Angwan Jaba in Masaka to revenge the killing of one of their members last year.

He also said that the combined team of police officers, which was immediately dispatched to the area to bring the situation under control met stiff resistance from the cult members, numbering about 50. 

According to the operatives during investigation in the station they said, "we dispersed them while five of them were arrested at the scene and 24 others arrested later at different locations in the area.” 

Usman said that one Hassan later reported at the Masaka police station that his cousin, named Abdul, was hacked to death at Angwan Tiv. 

The spokesman in the station, pleaded with members of the public to assist the police with useful information that would help to check the menace of cultism and other criminal activities in Masaka area. 

According to him, “there are concentrations of organised cult groups in Angwa Tiv and Angwa Jaba in Karu, but we are on top of the situation. That is why we have launched Operation Fish Out and created anti-cultism units in the state.” 

 

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