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Cultists overthrow community chairman, terrorise residents in Delta

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•Residents call for military intervention

Residents of Sandfill 2 community in Ogbe-Ijoh kingdom, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta state have cried aloud over indiscriminate cult attacks, leading to the overthrow of the community chairmen several times and assaults on innocent people.

It was learned that the community had been taken over by cult groups, where residents were attacked and properties were stolen daily.

Sources said the community had recorded several cult clashes between two warring cult groups which had led to the assault and injury of innocent residents.

According to the sources, the cultists reportedly terrorized the entire community at every interval, subjecting the residents to the highest assault, torture, and humiliation.

The residents narrated that the development had made elected community chairmen either overthrow or recover over an attempt to lose their lives.

It would be recalled that several persons were injured, acid was poured on one cultist by his rivals, and six houses belonging to innocent persons were razed, including the community chairman’s house in a bid to exercise power in 2018.

An insider lamented that the cultists now have a field day in the community, rampaging, assaulting, and terrorizing residents without provocation, adding that cultists now decide the affairs of the community.

“Residents now having sleepless nights and running for safety for now and then. Thus, we are crying out loud for governments’ and security operatives’ intervention.

“Government please come to our aid, we are dying here.” a community source lamented.

One of the residents, a businesswoman, (name withheld) that was affected by the October 2, 2022 incident ar3:00 am00am cried out and narrated how they broke into her house and robbed her.

Reacting, she narrated, “dem match my door open yesterday night, put the gun on my head, so with fear I give them my phone and my money bank.”

Likewise, other victims who were attacked on the same evening also asserted in the same vein.

The residents had called for military intervention to dislodge the rampaging cult members in the community to allow the innocent citizens to live in peace.