No fewer than two businessmen on Monday misplaced their lives throughout a conflict between two rival cult teams, on the well-liked Swali ultra-modern market in Yenagoa Native Authorities Space of Bayelsa State.
A number of individuals had been reportedly injured through the recent conflict that triggered pandemonium.
An eyewitness mentioned one of many victims, an Igbo dealer, was killed when members of the Bobos cult group attacked a hideout of their rival Greenlander group throughout the market within the early hours of Monday.
It was additional learnt that the opposite sufferer, a Hausa dealer, was killed on Monday night when the Greenlander cult group went on a reprisal assault available in the market.
The hoodlums who got here out of their numbers seized the chance to loot and unleash terror on merchants and passersby available in the market.
The incident threw the whole market into chaos as safety officers couldn’t salvage the disaster.
The hoodlums had been seen wielding weapons, machetes and different harmful weapons whereas finishing up their operations, with none interference from safety companies.
A dealer who pleaded anonymity mentioned “the Bobos group attacked a hideout of Greenlanders available in the market. After their conflict, they tried to rob the Igbo man who was hawking drinks.
“They tried to gather all the cash he had made that day and when he resisted their try, they attacked him with machetes, killing him on the spot.
“After every part had calmed down, the Greenlander group got here again within the night to assault some members of Bobos hanging across the market once they unintentionally killed the Hausa man promoting onion”.
One other dealer, who pleaded anonymity, advised DAILY POST that money and items stolen by the criminals bumped into hundreds of thousands of Naira, as that they had a area day looting cellphone retailers and different shops in separate assaults which started within the morning and continued until night.
He continued”For a few years now, Swali Market and its merchants have been on the mercy of infamous cultists who rob, maim and generally kill those that refuse to present them cash however the current disaster has left perpetual worry within the hearts of merchants, we name on the state authorities to beef up safety.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Bayelsa State Police Command, SP Asinim Butswat, mentioned “it was a rival cult conflict, two individuals died,(names withheld) whereas, one Emmanuel Akpaye and Chinedu Offor are responding to remedy at FMC. An investigation is ongoing.”