By Egufe Yafugborhi

PORT HARCOURT—TWO persons have been reportedly killed and a community leader kidnapped by gunmen in Rundele, Emohua Local Government Area, Rivers State.


The community has been thrown into panic since the weekend when a cultural hunting expedition ended in a clash between two rival cults in Mgbuelia village of Rundele, leading to the killing of two persons.

A community source, Alex Ibani, confirmed that following the cult clash, armed men invaded the residence of Chief Goodluck Umentor minutes past 10p.m. Monday night and whisked him away.

He said: “My brother, the problem started Sunday, when the village celebrated its cultural festival of hunting expedition. Two cult gangs clashed in the process which led to the murder of two persons.

“This (Monday) evening, we just heard gunshots only to discover that a recognized chief has been kidnapped.”

The chief’s whereabouts remained unknown even as contact is said to have been established between the family and the abductors.

Spokesman for Rivers State Police Command, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, also confirmed the incidents, assuring of the command’s determination to rescue the adopted victim.


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