Suspected cultists in early hours of Monday hacked a thirty-year-old man, Friday Okoloba to death and injured two other persons along Ekreghware Street, Aladja in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State.

DAILY POST reports that the suspected cultists were alleged to be members of Barga Confraternity.

The deceased who was on his way home was said to have walked into the cult boys who had terrorised indigenes and residents of Aladja community since Saturday.

The suspected cultists numbering about twenty also chased and attacked one Freeborn Ovie Godwin, a former member of the Dominion Confraternity, before his arrest and subsequent remand in the Warri Prison, Okere-Warri.

Freeborn was seriously macheted at his back and his motorcycle destroyed.

In a chat with Our Correspondent, Freedom said, “It was the grace of God that saved me from the marauding Barga boys. I am no longer a cultist. I was before the Vigilante arrested me and was remanded in prison custody for over a year. When I came out I went to them and renounced.

“And since then, I have been living as a free man. But, I was surprised this past night (Sunday, 31/05/2020) when the Barga boys chased me with machetes and gun. They destroyed my home carting away some appliances and destroyed my motorcycle. They released some gunshots at my place. I don’t know why they picked me as a target when I am no longer a cultist.”

Freeborn appealed to the Police and other sister security agencies to protect him from the Barga boys who attacked him for no just cause.

The Aladja Community Vigilante called the attention of the Police in Ovwian-Aladja to the incident.

The Divisional Police Officer of Ovwian/Aladja Divisional Headquarters, CSP Mohammed personally visited the scene and sued for peace when addressing the family.

He promised that the Police will work with the Community Vigilantes to ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous crime were brought to book in no distant time.

He also warned against any reprisal attacks which could lead to break down of law and order in the community.

The remains of the deceased was laid to rest in the presence of the Police and community leaders including the President of Aladja Community Council President, Eld. Otto Ogburiveta pending further investigations.

When contacted for comments, the Delta State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya confirmed the report in a telephone chat with Our Correspondent in Warri.

She said, “Two people were injured, one person died.”

The Police image maker also said, investigation into the matter is ongoing.


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