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There has been anxiety among residents of Rumuokparali community in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State as tension remains high following a clash between security Operatives and suspected cultists.

Trouble started when security operatives trailed some suspected cult youths to a party in the community following a tip-off.

The clash led to the killing of a member of the cult gang.

Trouble started when security operatives trailed some suspected cult youths to a party in the community following a tip-off.

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An eyewitness in the community who confirmed the incident said the suspected cultists engaged operatives of the State CID in an exchange of fire which lasted for hours.

The eyewitness said when the operatives returned to the community, some youths in collaboration with the hoodlums tried to resist the operatives from making arrest of the suspects leading to sporadic shooting.

He said, “During the shooting the Police killed one of the cultists. When they returned to start arresting those who engaged them in the shooting, the youths in the community got angry and collaborated with the suspects to attack the Police.

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“One patrol van was destroyed and burnt. They also took some riffles belonging to the Police.”

When contacted, Spokesman of the Rivers state Police Command, Nnamdi Omoni confirmed the incident but said the level of damage is yet to be ascertained.

Omoni said, “Be rest assured that those who attacked our men will not go unpunished.”

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