At least six persons were feared dead in a clash between two cult groups in Cross River State just as the officers and men of the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Calabar have arrested over 93 people suspected to be cult members terrorizing Calabar.Property worth several millions of Naira belonging to traders around Nelson Mandela, Goldie, Bassey Duke, Bedwell Streets and the Watt markets were said to have been destroyed by the suspected cultists.
Parading the suspects, on Friday, the Public Relations Officer of the 13 Brigade, Akim Barracks, Captain Joseph James, said some of the suspects were arrested at the scene of the clash while others were apprehended in their hideouts.
James said, “Following the cult clash that took place on Tuesday, 19 June, 2012 in Calabar South which led to the killing of some people, and another mayhem the following day, men of the Nigerian Army, alongside the Quick Intervention Squad, QIs, went out on a raid.
“When they got to the scene where this clash happened, several arrests were made. “The total number arrested is 93. They are suspects until when investigations confirm them as cultists. We searched them thoroughly but none of them was found with any ammunition or weapon”.
It was, however, gathered that some of the suspects were arrested at viewing centres where they went to watch the Portugal, Czech football match.
source – Vanguard Newspapers