No fewer than two businessmen on Monday misplaced their lives throughout a conflict between two rival cult teams, on the in style 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 brought on pandemonium.
An eyewitness stated one of many victims, an Igbo dealer, was killed when members of the Bobos cult group attacked a hideout of their rival Greenlander group inside 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 out there.
The hoodlums who got here out of their numbers seized the chance to loot and unleash terror on merchants and passersby out there.
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 stated “the Bobos group attacked a hideout of Greenlanders out there. 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 all the pieces had calmed down, the Greenlander group got here again within the night to assault some members of Bobos hanging across the market once they by chance killed the Hausa man promoting onion”.
One other dealer, who pleaded anonymity, informed DAILY POST that money and items stolen by the criminals bumped into hundreds of thousands of Naira, as they’d a subject day looting cellphone outlets 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 typically kill those that refuse to offer 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, stated “it was a rival cult conflict, two individuals died,(names withheld) whereas, one Emmanuel Akpaye and Chinedu Offor are responding to therapy at FMC. An investigation is ongoing.”