BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT – At least twenty six suspected cultists have been reportedly killed by men of the Rivers state Anti Robbery Squad, SARS , in a forest around Obesemini community in Egi part of Ogba Egbema Ndoni local government area.
A resident of one of the nearby communities told Vanguard the incident happened yesterday afternoon.
The source who chose to be anonymous said security operatives stormed the hideout of the suspected cultists and opened fire on them.
Continuing, the source said the security men abandoned the corpses of the cultists in the bush.
Some of those killed were allegedly behind bloodletting in the local government area, where no fewer than forty persons have been murdered by the cultists in the last three months in the area.
When contacted, the state Police public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Muhammad denied knowledge of the incident, thus confirming speculations that the Police would be discreet about it.
A top security source who seemed anonymity told Vanguard that the operation was carried out by SARS. ” The ops was conducted by SARS (Police)”.
Meantime, the Police command has announced restriction of movement from 10pm to 6am Saturday morning, adding that movement would be further restricted from 10 am to 6pm Saturday.