BY SUNNY A. DAVID
The community of Oko, hosting the Federal Poly in Anambra state, is under the siege by daredevil cultists who have taken over the community. They are said to be under reprisal attack in the area.
As at 9pm on Saturday, there was sporadic shooting, a development which forced residents to go run indoors to avoid being hit by stray bullets. Reports say two youths have already been felled while some sustained gun injuries.
The community is presently under tension as heavily armed policemen are said to be patrolling the town. One of the students was killed at Eke market area while the other was killed at Living Stone Hostel.
According to Chief Ernest Nwosu, member of the community caretaker community, the two cultists are students of the polytechnic but refused to go home following the federal government lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
He alleged that the killing was a reprisal attack of a student who was an indigene killed last week by cultists.
Chief Nwosu called on the Assistant Inspector General of Police zone 13, Anambra and Anambra state Commissioner for Police , CP John Abang to deploy the Anti cultism squad Enugu-Ukwu and other police teams to Oko to quell the ongoing mayhem.
He said further that fear has gripped everyone in Oko Community as everyone fears for the collective damage the incident gets for their town.
Efforts to get Police confirm the development was unsuccessful, but sources close to the CP’s office said the incident was unfortunate and that the CP has directed for immediate intervention to restore peace to the community.
The Federal Polytechnic Oko management our correspondent reports had directed every student to vacate following the order by Federal Government to forestall spread of COVID-19.
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