Renewed supremacy battle between two cult groups has claimed four lives in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
It was gathered that one of the cult groups at the weekend mowed down one of the victims identified as God-do-well, from Delta State.
The victim, aged 34, was reportedly attacked with machetes and left in the pool of his blood by a rival gang at the Swali Market in Yenagoa.
The assailants numbering about 40 were said to have killed their victim to avenge the murder of three of their members reportedly murdered by the deceased gang.
It was learnt that the killers stormed the market, shot sporadically to scare traders and later apprehended their target and killed him in cold blood.
On the day the three members were killed, suspected cultists were said to have raided a section of the market following unsettled crisis.
A petty trader, who spoke in confidence, described the raid as terrible saying the three victims were killed without mercy.
He said: “It was a terrible situation when hoodlums stormed the market, around the zone where tubers of yam are sold. A middle-aged man was killed with a machete. They left a machete in his head.
“The next street after the market, two others of the same gang were also killed same day, we now leave in fear of the unknown because we don’t know their next moves.
“We are not secured because these cultists are always in this area and there’s no security patrol team around. They usually come to the market, smoke Indian hemp, play gamble and sometimes rob traders of their monies”.
Also a source, who witnessed the killing of God-do-well said the victim was recently released from prison.
“He told us that he renounced cultism. He said it was the reason he was hustling to survive at the market. But some people said he was still hanging around with bad boys in the area.
“I think they just killed him to provoke his gang. All these bad boys are always seen around this market on a daily basis. They know themselves because they are always in the market area.
“They either come to harass people for money or beg for meat. They even sometimes assist in slaughtering the cows to earn money. There is no gain in all this their rubbish”, he said.
Most of the traders, who were apprehensive, pleaded with the security agents to come to their aid by providing security at the market.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Butswat Asinim, said only two suspected cultists were killed in the clash.
Asinim added that the police had beefed up security around the market.