Five suspected cultists have been reportedly killed by men of 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Rivers State, after the security agent launched an operation at Ibaa and Obelle communities in Emohua local government area of the State.
Army Public Relations Officer, Captain Eli Lazrus, confirmed in a statement yesterday that 2 pump action rifles and 26 phones were also recovered. Three of the suspected cultists’ camps were destroyed during the operation.
The army statement reads, “In continuation of its operation against cultists and criminal gangs in Rivers State, men of 2 Brigade Nigerian Army conducted operations to clear suspected cultists camps in Ibaa and Obelle Communities in Emuoha LGA of Rivers State over the weekend.
“The operation followed a tip-off on the hideout of the cultists in the communities. Five suspected cultists were killed, 2 pump action rifles and 26 phones were also recovered. Three of the suspected cultists’ camps were destroyed during the operation.
“The public is assured that the current operation against cultists and other criminals would be sustained to safeguard lives and property of all. Therefore, all law abiding and peace loving people of Rivers State are enjoined to provide security agencies with timely and accurate information that would help to arrest criminals in the State”, the statement read in part.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the cultists, who are suspected to be Icelanders, had opened fire on the soldiers on sighting them, which resulted in a gun duel that lasted for hours.
A source in the community told Nigerian Pilot that the cultists had built a new camp at Obelle community after they fled Ibaa community recently, due to security raid in the area.
According to the source, men of the Army had to call for reinforcement when the cultists attacked and were able to kill at least five of them, while the others flee after the shootings became intense.
The source further stated that about five kidnap victims who were in the den of the cultists used the opportunity to escape.
Meanwhile, one of the escaped kidnapped victims, who narrated their ordeal in the hands of their captors to newsmen, said their vehicle was ambushed by the cultists on their way to Port Harcourt from Anambra State, last Friday.
The freed victim, who gave his name as Mr. Felix Uche, revealed that they were released following the intense shooting from the military, adding that they had to report themselves to the Elele Police Station before going their different ways.
“They tied our hands, our mouth and our legs; they also used candle stick light to burn our flesh without food and water. They forced us to call our relatives so that they will bring ransom for our release, but when they heard serious gunshots from military round the forest where we were held hostage, they decided to free us and then we ran for our lives”, he narrated.
Uche added that the sixth victim could not escape as he was in serious pains arising from beatings given to him by their captors.

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