The Bayelsa Police Command on Monday said four members of rival cult groups died in a shootout during a wake in the early hours of Monday.
Mr Asinim Butswat, a Superintendent of Police and spokesman of the Police Command in Bayelsa who confirmed the development, said normalcy has since been restored following the swift intervention from the nearby Oporoma Division.
“Two rival cult gangs clashed at Lobia Community, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area on 28 December 2020 at about 0230 hours. The unfortunate incident led to the death of four cultists. Their identities are yet to be ascertained at the moment. The corpses have been deposited at the morgue. Investigations have commenced”.
However, a source in the community who witnessed the incident, said a little boy who was hit by a stray helmet was also one of the victims of the gun battle.
The source who pleaded annonymity for fear of being victimised, said the gangs attended the event from Ukubie and Azuzuama communities who lost three and one respectively while the little boy hailed from Lobia 1 all neighbouring coastline settlements.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]