Uyo—Scores of indigenes and residents of Urua Udofia, Udo Iwang, and Udo Ikpe Streets, behind the Akwa Ibom State Fire Service, in the state capital, Uyo, who sustained injuries, are now receiving treatments in different hospitals, following a bloody clash, involving no fewer than 50 new initiates of a cult group, suspected to Vikings Confraternity, weekend.
The new initiates, between the ages of 24 and 30 years, who were allegedly taken to the sand borrow-pit in the Ewet village ravine, wekend, on their return at about 11pm, attacked and robbed some commodities stores and drinking joints, that were still opened, leading to a bloody clash.
The shop owners and residents of the area, who attempted to prevent the cultist from raiding their shops, it was gathered, drew the ire of the excited new initiates, who launched an attack on the people, using different weapons, including machettes, axes, bottles and daggers in their possession on the people.
The raid led to a stampede, caused most families to flee their homes to nearby bushes in fear of possible house to house combing by cultists, until the Police from the Area Command, Barracks Road end were able to dislodge them.
One of the victims, who pleaded not to be named, told Vanguard, from his hospital bed, that he was left because they thaught he was dead. According to him, “they came into my shop pretending they wanted to buy something, and suddenly ordered me to come out of the shop, and when I demanded to know who heavily descended they were, they on me.”
The driver of the Leader of the state House of Assembly, who was also stabbed close to the chest, narrowly escaped death due to the timely intervention of other customers at a shop who were around to catch their funs when the strange visitors called at the shop runned by his wife.
Another victim who owns a chemist next to the drinking joint was also badly stabbed by the unexpected night callers, while others, number not really known got wounded as a result of the commotion while running for their dear lives.