July 12, 2024

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14-year-old pupil, hoodlum killed during cult clash

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A 14 – year – old pupil in Warri , Delta State, has
reportedly died from a stray bullet that hit him during
a clash between two rival cult groups in the city .
Our correspondent gathered that another victim who
was alleged to be a member of the warring cult groups
simply identified as Morku , died of a gunshot wound .
The
incident happened around Old Welfare Street, near
Lower Erejuwa area of the city in the early hours of
Thursday .
Sources told Saturday PUNCH that the fleeing cultists
chased by the police and vigilantes reportedly
dispossessed residents during the clash .
It was gathered that the 14 – year – old boy and only child
of his mother was hit by a stray bullet at about 7am
when the fight broke out .
The suspected cultists were said to have shot
repeatedly into the area while hunting for rival
members.
The shooting caused serious tension as some residents
of the area scampered to safety .
Sources explained that the late teenager was hit on his
back by a stray bullet while assisting his mother who is
a food vendor in the area .
A source said , “ The suspect ( injured cultist ) has been
arrested . He was arrested alongside four other persons ,
including two females while trying to get treatment in
Uvwie Local Government Area .
“ Some group of boys held them when they discovered
that they had come to treat a bullet wound . ”
The state
Commissioner of Police , Hafiz Inuwa , confirmed the
incident but told journalists that he was not aware of
the deaths .
He said , “ All I know is one was actually hit by a bullet .
The police arrested five or six of the warring cult
members involved in the violent clash .
“ As for the deaths , I don ’ t know . If the one who was
injured died , maybe it was as a result of excessive
bleeding . It is possible he died afterwards . ”

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