An unnamed police sergeant was on Saturday killed during a supremacy between between two rival cult groups in Bayelsa state.
According to reports, one of the cultists also lost his life during the clash, which has already created tension in some parts of Yenagoa, the state capital.
The supremacy battle as reportedly caused by the killing of a leader of one of the cult groups, the Greenlanders.
The cult leader, nicknamed Arrow, was reportedly killed at Gwegwe area of Yenagoa by a rival cult group identified as the Icelanders.
His fellow cult members reportedly vowed to avenge his death, a situation that led to The bloody clash was instigated by his fellow cult members, who promised to avenge his death.
Security sources said the police Sergeant was killed by a stray bullet at a time he wasn’t on duty.
“Following the death of Arrow, his members took over the streets of Kpansia, Otiotio and chasing their rival members. They were also raiding and shooting. Their actions created panic and made people to scamper for safety”, the source said.
He continued that the Sergeant only came to eat at a canteen located at the Otiotio junction when he was hit by the bullet.
“He was immediately rushed to the hospital but he couldn’t survive it. He was confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital”, he said.
He added: “The police and other security agencies including the army are working to arrest the suspected cultists”.
However, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Asinim Butswat, said he was yet to be briefed on the development.