One person has been reportedly killed following a clash between members of Vikings and cults in a night club in Ogoja, Cross River State.
The fight was said to have started when a member of Vikings disagreed with a rival colleague who was wearing red socks.
state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Henry Fadairo, confirmed the incident
while parading the 10 suspected cultists and four kidnappers at the
state police headquarters in Calabar.
Fadairo told Southern City
News the suspected cultists were arrested in the premises of a club
house known as ‘Memories Flavour’ in Ogoja on August 2, 2015.
police commissioner also said the police acted on information that
there was a serious civil unrest at Ogoja following the development at
the night club.
He said, “On the strength of the information, the
police swiftly moved to the scene to discover that it was a fracas
between two rival cult groups, Vikings and .
police revealed that one Smart Umaru, a Vikings member, allegedly
stabbed one Emmanuel Sunday a member of to death. In the course of the
investigation, we arrested 10 suspected cultists.
the names of some of the arrested cultists as Emmanuel Igwe, Perry
Onuyi, Emmanuel Agbada, Agom Joseph and Mohammed Liman.
noting that investigation was still ongoing, Fadairo said the arrested
suspects would be charged to court as soon as the courts were opened.
the probable cause of the death of their colleague, whose name was
given as Emmanuel Sunday, an arrested member of , Leo Agida (20), said
he gathered from his fellow cultists that it was because the deceased
was wearing red socks.
“They said it was because he (Sunday) was
putting on red socks and a member of Vikings tried to force him to pull
off the socks and in the process fight started,” he said.
17-year-old boy, who said he was of the Vikings cult group, Emmanuel
Igwe (Ebonyi State), gave details of the encounter, saying it was true
that his cult member stabbed Sunday to death during an encounter.
said, “I was just about entering the night club when I saw a Vikings
colleague fighting. I didn’t go near them, I just watched from a
distance. I saw that he stabbed the boy three times. I didn’t know what
he used but I saw that the boy died. I later got to know that he (the
deceased) was a boy known as Emmanuel Sunday.”
Asked what red
socks meant to the Vikings cult, Igwe said his group was identified
with the use of red socks, but added that it was likely that the cause
of the fight might not just be as a result of the use of red socks
“Other things may have caused it. Although we use red
socks and we identify with it, but anybody can wear it. I do not think
that was really the cause of the fight; there might have been other
issues,” he said.