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‘Cultists buried me Alive’ – Victim

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SUNDAY Oji, a victim of a recent cult war in Ebonyi state, has narrated how he survived cult attacked.

Sunday, the 20-year-old student of Comprehensive Secondary School, Ogwuma Edda in Afikpo South local government area of Ebonyi state on Wednesday said he was buried alive by the cultists who attacked him of which they covered all parts of his body inside the grave remaining only his head.

He said the cultists had already covered him to to the head level before the intervention of the hunters.

A cult war had broken out among some gangs in the council area, which claimed at least three persons in the past one month.

Speaking with Nation Newspaper on his hospital bed in Afikpo, Oji said he was mistaken by the cult group as a member of a rival group.

He said they pounced on him in his village, Ogwuma beating him to a pulp.

They then dragged him to a bush where they had already dug a grave to bury him.

Oji said that some local hunters who were in the area heard his cry for help and came to find out what was happening.

According to him, the hoodlums had already covered all parts of his body inside the grave remaining only his head when they heard movement of people approaching the scene and took to their heels.

According to him, the thugs claimed they were avenging the killing of one of their members who was shot dead recently in the area.

He said: ’’While I was in our compound, one of my friends came and told me to escort him to buy something. When we reached the store, we saw three boys with three bikes destroying and looting the shop of one guy called Imo Orji. One of them came to me and asked me where is Imo, is Imo around and I told them that I don’t know.

“Before I could know what was happening, they started heating and matcheting me with cutlass, saying that I was the one that carried the gun and shot the guy that day. I told them it’s not me and I have not carried gun before in my life.

“They said it’s not true that I’m there one. When they noticed that people have started noticing them, they bundled me into one of the bike and zoomed off and took me to the bush where they dug ground and put me and covered me with sand up to my chest. I was inside there suffocating, shouting before they heard footsteps of people coming and they ran away’’

Police spokesman, Loveth Oda, said that nine suspects have been arrested in connection with the recent killings and violence in the affected communities.

“Initially we arrested 36bof them, but they were screened and nine of them are in detention. Investigations are ongoing and more will be arrested”, she added.

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