Gunmen on Thursday killed a former policeman and two others at Ikot Udobong, Ikot Obioma and Edem Akai villages in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The three men, according to Punch, were killed when two rival cult groups – the Iceland (the Red) and Debam (the White) engaged each other in a battle of supremacy in the last two days while several persons sustained severe injuries.
Naija News gathered that the deceased include, a retired policeman from Nkanang Compound in Ikot Udobong, Okon Nkanang, and Akpan Inyang, from Ntuk Compound in the neighbouring Ikot Obioma Village.
A source anonymously said Inyang was allegedly killed by the Iceland group, in place of his brother who was alleged to be a member of the Debam group. He said Inyang’s brother escaped after sighting the Icelanders on motorbikes coming towards their compound at Ikot Obioma.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Ogbeche, said he has heard about the incident but has not officially confimed.
He said, “That information has not been given to me officially, but I’ve just heard of it.
“I’m yet to get an official report. By the time we get it, we will know whether he was a former police officer and from which area and all that.”