IPOB declares war on fleeing cultists in Abia

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Cult groups operating in Aba and cities near the commercial nerve of Abia State have started leaving in droves after the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) declared war on them.

Our correspondent gathered for some years, members of a cult group; “Aro Cult”, a dominant group in Aba have subjected residents of the city, especially those living around Over-Rail, Uratta, Ndiegoro, Obohia, Osisioma and Ogbor-Hill axes of Aba to severe pains.

Sources said that since the activities of the cultists became pronounced, owners of businesses that thrive mainly in the evening like beer parlours, restaurants, barbing saloons and eateries operate with fear.

The faint hearted amongst them only open for business in the day time and close shop as early as 5pm.

Those who operate till night, including Mr. Raphael Ogbonna, said he cannot count how many times his shop has been invaded and money carted away.

A resident of Frank Road, off Omuma Road, Over-Rail Aba, who does not want his name mentioned, for security reasons said: “These cultists come as early as 6:30-7:00 pm to rob people in their shops, beat them mercilessly, snatch phones, molest girls and do all manner of evil without anyone standing up to them.

“They don’t even cover their faces. My most disturbing worry is that some people on the streets know these people but are afraid to do something because of the way things are here. Our roads are so bad that police cannot access this place with their vehicles.”

But the table seems to have been turned on the cultists over the past one week with many residents reporting over ten of the known dreaded cultists have been killed by an unknown group of non-state actors with their bodies dumped and later evacuated.

It was gathered the most affected areas in the cult activities around Over-Rail are: Ama-Ogbonna, Osusu Road, Omuma Road, Owerri Road, Erondu Road, Ogbonnaya Road, Onitsha Road, Cemetery Road, Onuoha Road, St Philip’s Road, Ikpeamaeze Street, Powerline, NEPA Line, Chief Nwaguru Street, Anglican Street and Charity Street.

Others include: Nnadede Street, Bright Street, Aguata Street, Umeasiegbu Street, Agommuo Street, Oguikpe Street, Urakpa Street, St Eugene Road, Adindu Road, Holy Rosary Street, Sacred Heart Road, Akalanna Road, Azigbo Street, Ibenji Street, Sunday Street, Besi Street, Nise Street, Evurunaobi Street, Apostolic Road and Nwangwa Street.

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