In early hours of Monday, December 28, five persons including a toddler died during a shootout by two rival cult groups at Lobia community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Reports say that the two cult groups from Ukubie and Azuzuama communities clashed during the remembrance ceremony of one Chief Genesis at Lobia II community over a conflict.
The toddler said to be the son of one Mr Amos, an indigene of Lobia I, was hit by a stray bullet. Three of the dead persons are from Ukubie and one from Azuzuama communities.
Spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Asinim Buswat, confirming the incident said, “Two rival cult gang clashed at Lobia community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area on December 28, 2020 at about 0230 hours. The unfortunate incident led to the death of four cultists. Their identities are yet to be ascertained at the moment. The corpses have been deposited at the morgue. Investigations have commenced.”