Ebonyi lawmakers, LG boss arrested as cultists kill one

Meanwhile, police in  Ebonyi State on Monday said they had arrested the Chairman of Afikpo South Local Government Area, Mr Eni-Uduma Chima, the member representing Afikpo South (East) in the House of Assembly, Chidi Ejem, and another lawmaker over their alleged involvement in cult clashes, which led to the death of one person  in the area on Sunday night.

It was learnt  that Chima  had for long been at loggerheads with Ejem over political issues  despite being members of  the Peoples Democratic Party.

The cult clashes, which led to the death of one Dunk, took place at Asaga village, Owutu community.

The state  Commissioner of Police, Awosola Awotinde, confirmed the incident to journalists on Monday in Abakaliki.

He confirmed that  they had arrested the  council boss and the lawmaker in connection with the clashes.

He  said, “The cult clashes took place at Asaga-Owutu Edda in Afikpo South Local Government Area and it warranted the the killing of one man called Dunk.

“There was actually a clash in Afikpo South and  we have arrested the chairman of the local government area, one House of Assembly member representing the area, and another honourable.

“We have dispatched our men there to ensure peace return, and we are still investigating the matter.”

However, a  source from the area said the killing was as a result of differences between two cult groups at Asaga Owutu Edda in Afikpo South.

The source stated further that the clashes were politically motivated, adding that many persons were injured.

However, all effort to reach Chima and Ejem were not successful  as their phones were switched off and  the text messages sent to their mobiles  had  yet to be replied  to as of the time of filing this report.

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