…CP orders investigation, deploys tactical team

Two people, including an ex-convict, were killed during a clash between two rival cult groups on Gambia Street in the Mile 1 area of ​​Diobu, Port Harcourt, on Saturday night.

A witness named the cult groups as ‘Beach Deck of Iceland’ and ‘Castro House of Deygbam’.

The witness said the Deygbam cult group led by an outlaw and former rival gang member allegedly ambushed the Icelandic leader identified as Precious Adiele.

The source who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being identified told our correspondent that Precious was inflicted with several machete cuts that led to his death.

The late Precious was said to be a notorious criminal who had been involved in a series of robberies, even while regularly visiting the Port Harcourt Correctional Facility, Bug had yet to be convicted.

He added: “Degbam members after killing their first target stormed a building where another member of the Bar Beach Iceland cult group is believed to reside.

“When they search the compound and find out that he (the target) was not at home, they set the building on fire.”

It revealed that an old man who was trapped in the building set on fire by the suspected Deygbam cultists burned to death.

It was deduced that residents of the area and neighboring streets were scurrying for safety, while reckless gangs were on the rampage.

It was deduced that the criminals left the place and disappeared into the air before the arrival of the operatives from the Divisional Police Headquarters and the mile one police formation.

Our correspondent who visited the area on Sunday morning reports that there was tension over fears of reprisals and counter-attacks by any of the rival cult groups.

When contacted, State Police Command spokesperson Grace Iringe-Koko confirmed the death of the notorious thief (Precious Adiele), saying that the deceased had recently returned from the correctional facility.

Iringe-Koko, superintendent of police in a text message, said: “The man killed is Precious Adiele, 26 years old.

“He is a member of Iceland and a notorious armed robber who was involved in a series of robbery cases and has just returned from the correctional facility.

“The scene has been visited. The Police Commissioner has deployed tactical teams to ensure that no further breaches of law and order occur.

“The CP has also ordered the arrest of other members of the cult groups. In the meantime, the investigation is ongoing,” he said.

When asked about the trapped elderly resident who was reportedly burned to death, the state police imager promised to find out and give our reporter his opinion.

SP Iringe-koko had not yet done so at the time of filing this report, Sunday night.