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Brutal killings strike fear in Calabar residents

By Emma Una and Ike IUche
CALABAR – TWO young men were brutally hacked to death in Calabar on Wednesday, in what is said to be the continuation of the raging cult war which has claimed several lives in the city since March this year.

The gruesome killings which have sent fear into the hearts of many residents took place in Calabar South area of the city.

The first killing took place in the early hours of the day at Etagbo /Akim Road junction close to the University of Calabar exit gate when a young man spotting a white shirt and black trousers was hacked savagely with axes on his chest region and left in a pool of his own blood where he eventually bled to death.

Wednesday’s killing took place at 5.00n pm along Mayne Avenue/ Palm Street when a gang of six young men chased another young man whose name was given as Emmanuel Abuchi, a native of Ohafia, Abia State, from his residence at Murray Street through several streets down to Mayne Avenue where they caught up with him.

“He boarded a Keke Napep when he got here ( Mayne Avenue/Palm Street) in a desperate effort to escape but the boys blocked the Keke, dragged him out and used axes to butcher his head”, an eyewitness narrated.

She told Vanguard that after the man’s assailants dragged him down from the ‘Keke Napep’ they shot at him several times but the bullets did not penetrate his body so they had to use axes to cut open his skull and he fell to the ground.

”The man ran towards Mayne Avenue/ Palm Street where the Quick Intervention Squad station is but when he got here they were not here and he was obviously too tired to continue to run so he jumped on a ‘Kek Napep’ but the boys caught up with him and started shooting at him and when the bullets could not enter his body, they used axes to butcher his head”.

Abuichi was said to be the “hit man” of the rival cult that hacked him to death. His body was evacuated by the police from the Atakpa police station and taken to the General Hospital Calabar mortuary at about 6 -18 pm.

When Vanguard got to the scene of the killing, a large crowd had gathered with many people wondering who would be next following the spate of killings and kidnappings in the city.


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