By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA – NO fewer than 15 persons have been killed in the last six weeks in Bayelsa State in the wake of renewed clashes between rival cult groups.
Meanwhile, civil rights group and opposition parties in the state have called on the state government to stem the tide and prevent the state from drifting into anarchy.
Residents of the state had in last six weeks been gripped with fear following the constant killing of youths in parts of Yenagoa over alleged superiority war between cult groups loyal to some politicians in the state.
The rate of killings again resurfaced Wednesday night as a youth was reportedly gunned down by suspected cultists around Bay Bridge Street in Yenizue-Gene suburb of the state capital.
Investigation revealed that no fewer than 15 persons had been killed while the State Police Command was yet to make any arrest.
Meanwhile, civil rights groups and the opposition parties have decried the state government’s handling of the killing in Yenagoa and its environ.
The leadership of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN and Labour Party had accused the Governor Timipre Sylva-led administration of complicity in the cult-related killings because of its silence on the issue and the growing fear in the state.