Tears, sorrow and blood in Rivers community as “cultists” kill, behead residents

A victim, Emeka, was burried in a grave in front of his  house

Three words – anguish, fear and helplessness – best described the atmosphere in Omoku in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers state on Monday when PREMIUM TIMES visited the town.

It had been about a week since armed men suspected to be cultists invaded it, killed some residents and chopped off their heads.

Some streets in the town looked deserted as at 2:30 pm. when our reporter visited.

Security agencies were not seen around the community.

Some residents had fled the town while those who remained locked themselves up in their homes, peeping through windows to see who was passing by.

In Ndoni Street, a distraught old man, Benedict Ajie, narrated what happened that fateful night.

He said he heard gunshots on the street at about 9 pm, and by dawn he found that at a house opposite his own, two of his kinsmen, two young brothers, had been shot dead.

Mr. Ijie gave the names of the victims as Nwaudo Ijie and Ahiakwo Ijie.

He said in Ndoni Street alone, eight persons were shot dead that night.

It was at about 10 am that some policemen from Ahoda arrived Omoku, claiming they were responding to distress calls, Mr. Ijie said.

 Benedict Ajie
Benedict Ajie

On Samuel Osere Street, two persons, including a Junior Secondary School class 3 student, were said to have been beheaded.

“We can’t run away from our home, we don’t have anywhere to go to,” a female resident of Samuel Osere Street told PREMIUM TIMES.

“We are afraid.”

At 19 Umu-Imeci Street, a handful of old men and women visited a bereaved family member on condolence. The invaders had descended on the home of Martin Uge, a retired civil servant, killing three persons, including his 31-year old son, Elechukwu.

Late Elechukwu_one of the victims

Elechukwu was killed inside his bedroom, right on his bed. The other two victims, who were tenants in Mr. Uge’s compound, were dragged from their bedrooms, and shot dead in the street that night, residents said.

Mr. Uge, 71, said his daughter-in-law received gunshot wound.

Martin Uge_father of late Elechukwu

“Because of fear, I couldn’t look at them (the assailants) because recognising their faces could lead to another thing,” he said of his encounter with the assailants.

Mr. Uge said his son wasn’t involved in active politics, and that he didn’t know why they killed him.

He said the government could stop the killings if they really wanted to.

In Umu-Eyike Street, two brothers, Eze Izeh and Oge Izeh, were also gunned down. Late Oge, the older of the brothers, left behind a wife and two sons.

Near Umu-Imeci Street, Eleanya Ugorji, a bishop at God’s Victorious Church, said he noticed the corpses of his younger brother, Ekwela, and the wife, Victoria, outside in the morning after several hours of gunshots around their home the previous night.

“He (Ekwela) was a politician, that’s all I know about him,” the bishop said. “The wife was a trader.”

In Umuchikere Street, Omoku, one of those beheaded, Emeka, was buried in a grave right in front of his house.
There are video clips currently in circulation on Facebook and other social media sites, showing the headless bodies of the victims of the killings.

In one of the videos, three corpses are on the floor, two of them beheaded, while people, apparently the victims’ relatives, are seen crying helplessly.

“They shot him 11 times,” one of the mourners was heard saying, pointing at a corpse.

A radio presenter in Port Harcourt said of the Omoku killings, “If you google the world ONELGA on the Internet today, the results you’ll get is ‘killing, killing, killing.”

ONELGA is the acronym for Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area in Rivers state.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress has claimed that those killed in Omoku were its members.

The party said, Tuesday, that by its own count, 26 persons were killed, and some of them beheaded.

The chairman of the APC, Davies Ikanya, said a cult group, Icelanders, invaded the town at night and picked on the party’s members in the town.

Mr. Ikanya said the party publicly alerted the police, several weeks before the killing, of a plan to kill its members in the area.

“Our evidence was that following security operations carried out by the military on 11/1/2016 at the house of one Igwe Ejima Dibia alias Don Wannie at Aligu village in ONELGA, members of Icelander cult and their PDP collaborators held a meeting at about 2300hrs at Obohia in Omoku and concluded that prominent members of the APC will be eliminated irrespective of whether they live in ONELGA or Port Harcourt and other locations in the State as long as they are of ONELGA origin,” he said.

The party said less than 24 hours after the alert, its chairman in Ward 6, simply identified as Owotor, was shot dead on his street.

The police are yet to make public the outcome of their investigation into the killing of Mr. Owotor till date, Mr. Ikanya said.

He also recalled the recent killing of a former member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Monday Eleanya, who was shot dead while driving out of his residence on Ada George Road, Port Harcourt.

The late Mr. Eleanya represented ONELGA constituency in the Rivers State House of Assembly between 1999 and 2003 on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party. He recently decamped to the APC.

The APC accused the police of failing to provide security for the people of Omoku when the gruesome killings took place.

It also accused the police of covering those responsible for the killings.

The party said it was ‘most bizarre’ for the police to hurriedly blame the killings on a supremacy fight between two rival cult groups.

“We are convinced beyond doubt that the Rivers State Police Command has resorted to a policy of drawing hasty conclusions for the purpose of either hiding their incompetence or protecting the interests of sponsors of the killers or both,” the party said in a statement.

But when contacted by PREMIUM TIMES, Ahmad Mohammad, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state insisted that the killings arose from a deadly fight by two rival cult groups in the area.

When asked how the police came by the information that it was a battle between two cult groups that led to the killings, the police spokesperson said Omoku had an age-long history of cult violence.

Mr. Mohammad however said he did not know the names of the cult groups that were involved in the ‘battle for supremacy’ in Omoku.

He also said the police saw 12 corpses, not 26, and that none was beheaded.

Some bereaved family members had told this newspaper that the victims were beheaded.

But when our reporter gave the police spokesperson that information, he responded, “What we have not seen, we cannot account for (it).”

The police said two suspects had so far been arrested, and that investigation into the incident was ongoing.

The Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Austin Tam-George, declined to respond to the allegation that the PDP collaborated with the cultists.

“To comment on this (allegation) would mean to dishonour the dead. No, I can’t do such,” Mr. Tam-George told PREMIUM TIMES, while adding that the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Nwike had urged the people of Omoku to work with the security agencies to improve security in the area.

“Unfortunately, the police commissioner he (Governor Wike) was working with was transferred out of the state at a time the state government was about organizing a security summit in the state,” Mr. Tam-George said.

An old woman displaying the photo of her son that was killed in Omoku Late Emeka_one of the victims


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  • Maria

    The reign of Wike the godfather of cultists has brought tears into the faces of Rivers people…we told you.

    • george

      You harlot HIVS IS YOUR PORTION.

      Keep crying Wike is going to be there for the next 8years.

  • Shahokaya

    Wike the wicked in action.

  • Watch man

    First I must submit that nobody is perfect (politicians inclusive). However, it is important to point out facts. Mr Wike will be and I repeat, Mr Wike will go down in history as the worst governor of Rivers State at least up to this tenure. What happened in Peter Odili’s time will be a child’s play when compared with what would happen in Wike’s time. This is a man who hid hundreds of millions of naira in a casket as a local govt chairman. The public has severally been inundated with the fact that this man has been a cult leader even as he acknowledged it at Diobu. Yet his people are happy to have him as governor. This is just the beginning. Supreme Court cannot also be exonerated in putting this man as Rivers governor by their judgement. It is what the people want that they will get. They asked for Wike and they should expect to be Wiked by wickedness.

    • george

      No election is Rivers but there was election in Lagos, Edo, Ogun, May the Good Lord runs your entire life as the Buhari is running Nigeria economic now. If you refuse to say amen thunder will fire you and your generations born and unborn

      • jamajake

        Back to sender

      • Watch man

        You wrote “may the Good Lord runs your entire life”. If the Lord you are referring to is Jesus Christ then believe me, He is already running my life according to His Word. So you have not really said anything different. But at the same time I will advise that you seek help for your sick mind because if your comments are a true reflection of your life then the thunder and fire you are invoking will soon destroy you.

    • Rumournaire

      “It is what the people want that they will get.”.
      Very well said! No one should blame the Federal Government – all that is happening in Rivers State today is within the jurisdiction of the state. Rivers people seem happy to have a cultist as their governor. Hurray!

  • Julius

    wow, do they have government/governor in River State at all ?

    • george

      Federal Government own the police so reason with your head rather than your anus.

      Your half dead president is out again when you currency is worst the Ruble

      • Julius

        So, the governor is a figure head ?. You lack the capacity to reason. Moron. So, blame the president because your family is eating human meat. Fucking cannibal you ! To you , the senseless killing of those poor souls is about currency See your loser life so .

    • Juliana

      I thought u have die. Make u dead so that person go hear word.
      We no get River state. Wetin we get na Rivers state. Abi na Mammy water you be?

  • True Nigerian

    Enough of this rubbish. APC is the party in charge of the federal government and police force. If you think some rogue police officers are now more powerful than the federal government, then shame on the ruling party. The murdered people don’t have to be non-APC members in order for the government to find their killers. If anyone is killed, a responsible government should fish out the killers even if the killers were hired by the governor. Enough of the silly excuses and politicisation of governmental responsibilities. Even if the murdered citizens were members of the PDP, doesn’t APC federal government have a responsibility to solve the crimes? Utter rubbish! The quality of reasoning in this country is in the gutters.

  • ijelejames

    Wike is a murderer. He is not going to stop murdering his opponents. He will continue to kill as long as he is in a position of power. Rivers people, are you people under a spell? The man is the father of evil and action must be taken to remove him. During election he was murdering carelessly and as a governor he is not going to stop. Big shame!

    • Burning Spear

      Boko haram Fulni Fighters invade the Niger Delta————-Maybe it was the same Wike who killed the Relations of Jonathan in Yenagoa recently also—————Just may be—–it is him that bombed Odi through the aid of Obj—-This is Fulani boko haram under the command of Buhari in action in the Niger delta–He is organising these killings so that he would send Fulani soldiers to occupy the oil wells in the Niger delta

      • ijelejames

        Why? Really?

  • Nocomment

    There’s now total collapse of confidence in Nigeria’s Economy
    Says Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    “According to the survey
    findings, the price of a bag of sachet (pure) water which contains 20 sachets
    rose between 50 and 100 per cent from N100 to N200, raising the budget of the
    common man for potable water significantly.

    In Owerri, price of pure water rose from N5 to N15 per sachet. Other
    items surveyed included rice which witnessed a 20 per cent price
    increase from N10,000 per 50 kg bag to N12,000. The price of the
    nation’s most popular source of carbohydrate, garri, also took a leap
    upwards, rising from N300 per measuring unit (empty paint container) to
    between N350 to N400.

    A unit of vegetable oil, which is a 20-litter gallon, recorded a significant increase
    in price from N6,500 to N9,500, rising by around 30 per cent.”

    …………….THISDAY

    (February 20th, 2016)

    • Charles T. Ekwu

      To me, Premium Times is to blame for this total collapse of Nigeria’s economy. Premium Times will be writing
      only about election tribunal, about APC and PDP, as if we are all members of political parties in Nigeria. Look,
      on my own street here is no single politician there, not one! So, what are we saying? Premium Times was
      looking the other way as Nigerian economy was collapsing.

      President Buhari too kept diverting attention to arrest people like Jide Omokore and Ricky Tarfa.
      Meantime, Buhari was failing to manage the economy and everything’s been falling apart.
      Today now, the centre cannot hold. Mere anarchy is loosed upon the land.

      See the beheading in Rivers state! See the people in Lagos saying they’ve not seen more darkness since
      they were born than when Buhari became president and appointed Fashola as Minister of Power. Just see!
      Anarchy all over the place. Rape, murder, robbery! And we say we have president in Nigeria?

      Premium Times must wake up and stop supporting BUHARI to destroy Nigeria with his ignorance, please!
      Buhari has not got one thing right since he entered office on 29th May, last year. Even foreign exchange
      is now being controlled by all the Hausa people on the street near me here. Those Mallams are the ones
      who told me Naira will soon be 400/$ by next week. President Buhari did not tell me and you anything.

      • ol’boy

        OL’BOY, YOU WELL SO? PREMIUM TIMES IS TO BLAME FOR TOTAL COLLAPSE
        OF NIGERIAN ECONOMY? IS PREMIUM TIMES EDITOR THE ELECTED PRESIDENT
        OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA? PLEASE, FACE BUHARI. HE’S WOBBLY,
        FUMBLING, RAMBLING AND JUNKETING TO MESS UP NIGERIA’S LIVING SPACE.

        • Burning Spear

          The Editors in Premium Rimes, wrote and sang songs in praise of Buhari while he stole the budget at night and padded it with strange figures-which Liar Mohamed, Shehu Garba and the house boy to Dasuki—Yoruba man Adesina ably defended–Now they claim it was civil servants who increased the feeding allowances of Buhari from 560m to 1.75b-Aso Rock clinic to 3.6b–while the erection of new hospitals in Nigeria got only 2b-The question is why did Buhari sack all the experienced permaent secretaries who burnt the midnight oil to pass their civil service exams? And replaced them with those who have for years continued to fail their exams like him? Were the same civil servants the people who made it impossible for Buhari to nominate Ministers on time————-or Jonathan ati Dasuki? Now Premium Times have launched themselves into backing the fake ideas of the head of Efcc who refused till date to investigate–Amaechi–Dambazua—Fayemi–Prof Yakubu ati Fashola—–What type of anti corruption war is Buhari fighting against-whom?–As he keeps on stealing at night—He cannot even account for the 5.6b dollars Mrs Madueke left in the coffers of NNPC–Yet Buhari went and borrowed 2.4b from the World Bank for NNPC—I he not covering that up with the cjhase for the head of Mrs Madueke?–How was the budget of last year spent?–None is asking questions abi? For we are all like Zombies in Nigeria under Buhari–for fear of being sent to prison—-we keep quiet—as the dollar over-takes the Naira—————————–with the speed of a super-sonic jet—while operation search and kill Ijaws-contineous unabated in d creeks of the niger delta for d Itsekiris—————–animals

      • Burning Spear

        The Editors in Premium Rimes, wrote and sang songs in praise of Buhari while he stole the budget and night and padded it with strange figures-which Liar Mohamed. Shehu Garba and the house boy to Dasuki—Yoruba man Adesina ably defended–Now they claimn it was civil servants who increased the feeding allowances of Buhari from 560m to 1.75b-Aso Rock clinic to 3.6b–while hospitals in Nigeria got only 2b-The question is why did Buhari sack all the experienced permaent secretaries who burnt the midnight oil to pass their civil service exams? And replaced them with those who have for years continued to fail their exams like him? Were the same civil servants the people who made it impossible for Buhari to nominate Ministers on time————-or Jonathan ati Dasuki? Now Premium Times have launched themselves into backing the fake ideas of of the head of Efcc who refused till date to investigate–Amaechi–Dambazua—Fayemi–Prof Yakubu ati Fashola—–What type of anti corruption war is Buhari fighting against—while he keeps on stealing at night—He cannot even account for the 5.6b dollars Mrs Madueke left in the coffers of NNPC—-How was the budget of last year spent–none is asking questions. For we are all like Zombies in Nigeria under Buhari–for fear of being sent to prison—-we keep quiet—as the dollar over takes the Naira—————————–with the speed of a super sonic jet—while operation search and kill Ijaws-contineous unabated in d creeks of the niger delta for d Itsekiris—————–animals

  • IZON Redeemer

    We were lied to by the Fulanis and Yoruba propaganda machine that Jonathan was not capable of handling the security situation in Nigeria–That he should be replaced by a Fulani General from Niger Republic posing as a Nigerian–They swore to their Sango in Otta-and their Alamajir gods that as soon Buhari was imposed on Nigerians by the CIA, life and property will become safe again—-Almost a year into the demonic government of Buhari–there is no end in sight to the ever deteriorating security situation in the country-Things have fallen apart-the-centre can no longer hold–Relations of the former president Jonathan, are now being killed like goats in Yenagoa by the Buhari Gestapo–Family members of Tompolo are known to have gone missing including youths from his oil polluted village. Those lucky to be alive, are now targets of the Fulani soldiers in the Niger delta——While all these evil acts are ongoing against the Ijaw Nation, the civil liberty organisations in 9ja are all quiet—–Soyinka, Falana, Obj among others have put padlocks in -their mouths——They do not care provided it is Ijaws who are being murdered daily by Fulani ati Yoruba soldiers drafted to the Niger Delta to search for Tompolo with the aid of the Olu of the Itsekiri in Koko via Sagay—–and Keyamo————————–Freedom is our goal–not the rule of the Fulanis ati Yorubas-in Abuja——–No condition is permanent sha—Zik once told Awo..The Ijaws are used to hardship and all sorts of deaths–after they helped the Fulanis and Yorubas win the Biafran war-unaware the Fulanis were fighting to protect their oil wells located in the creeks of the Ijaw Nation-

  • Papa Oghworiodo [Warri]

    MY CHILDREN

    ONE BILLION DOLLARS FOR NIGERIA IN ONE HOUR

    Don’t quarrel. It’s okay. I have read today’s papers too. They say President Buhari has spoilt Nigeria.
    Terrible! I am sorry for all of you here because your life has been very destroyed by this President Buhari.
    The only thing President Buhari can do now is to EXPORT Alhaji Lai Muhammed to America for $1billion.

    Lai Muhammed can teach BARACK OBAMA how to defeat terrorists with guns that fire back.
    Or did Lai Muhammed not say that the guns that Jonathan bought were killing our own soldiers,
    by firing back? Since America has never seen such miracle before America can pay Nigeria
    one billion dollars to Nigeria to learn how to use guns that fire back to kill our soldiers in
    defeating Boko Haram technically.

    Till today President Buhari has not bought any new weapons. He used the weapons inside the armory.
    And he said he has defeated Boko Haram technically with those same weapons that Lai Muhammed
    said are firing back to kill the soldiers shooting it. Wonders and lies will never end with this APC party!

  • Sparzo

    The law in the Rivers state is no doubt, that of the Egbesu Cult and the PDP.
    Governor Wike has always had and enjoyed the the staunch support of this cult and so has Jonathan.

    The PDP, Egbesu and of course madam president Patience using the security forces,
    famously made it impossible for Rotimi Amaechi to govern Rivers State.
    The brutality of this attack is only matched by those of the Mexican cartels and terrorists organizations

    It is insidious of Mr Wike and his commissioner of information to imply that, security is poor in the area
    because ” Unfortunately the police commissioner he (Governor Wike) was working with wae transferred out
    of the state at a time state government was about organising a security summit in the state”

    Who else can dream up such improbable excuse for such brutality and impunity but collaborators with the Egbesu cult.
    These are dangerous and worrying times for the people of the Rivers state,

  • IZON Redeemer

    Wipe Out All Niger Delta People, Like Obj Did in Odi – Col Hassan, Buhari friends and APC Chief. This is Col. Hassan (rtd), President Buhari’s friend and an APC chief calling for the invasion and repeat of the Odi Massacre in Ijaw communities where pipelines have been vandalized.

  • Akpan Bassey

    So Premium Times can only hear of the killings in Rivers state but refuse to hear and report the twin suicide bombings in North Western Cameroun only 2 days back by Northern Nigeria’s Islamist terrorist group Boko haram. The attack left 62 people dead. This is the terrorist group with the highest recorded killings in 2015 and undisputedly the highest thus far in 2016…Yet, it is a group the Buhari’s government never calls terrorists but insurgents. Only seven days ago, the Camerounian Govt released the total figures of Camerounians who have died from the attacks by Northern Nigeria’s main export commodity – Islamist terrorism. The figures were split between civilians and fallen security forces of the Republic of Cameroun. But in our Nigeria, no data is ever released by government no matter how conservative. When 50 persons die, the government reports 15 and several injured. Liar Mohammed blames the continued attacks on Jonathan just as Buhari has blamed his failure at WAEC exams in 1957 on unborn Dr Jonathan. APC! What a party of lying liars.

  • Domingos

    How does PT through its reports affect Nigeria’s economy? Of what economic importance is this story? If your journalists could go to this depth to get photos of people in Port Harcourt and splash them on your web pages, then how difficult is it for your journalists to investigate our Senators and entire National Assembly members and the fraud they all perpetrator every day with respect to their Salaries that remain as it was even when price of oil was N167/barrel and exchange rate $1 = N145. Now that income has dropped by over 300% does it still make sense for our Senators to continue to earn those provocative salaries of theirs?

    But Premium Times does not report on issues like salaries of National Assembly members because the sponsors of the news outfit are members of the National assembly – directly or by proxy. How can our Senators earn $1.7m annually at this time when the economy is comatose? No Senator is owed. But workers are being sacked everyday and salaries owed for months. Meanwhile, the members of APC like Atiku Abubakar, Retired Gen Dambazoo & Co continue to smuggle their children into CBN as staff for jobs that are never advertized.

    Unfortunately our news media and their Editors have been polarized. Their reportage skewed and jaundiced. They have eyes but see not. Focusing on this kind of story while neglecting the main issues of VERY bad economy and insecurity through Islamist terrorism is gross mumudity. Irreversible mumudity.

    • Burning Spear

      It is really sad my brother—The Apes in APC have employed Nigerians- on the web—to lie their way via media houses like PT—Millions of them on the web rented to post fake comments–Sadly this very story is already on the web—the only original story PT often carries are the Press Releases it obtains from Liar Mohamed–Adesina and Shehu Garba–Today they defend the the money allocated to Aso Rock clinic in the budget–the next day they claim it was civil servants that planted the figures in the budget—-the third day–u see them came back after sacking–them to civil servants who could not even pass their exams like Buhari that the figures were not padded-by Jonathan and Senate President Saraki–So why did they fire the said civil servants–No answer————Salaries are not being paid–nothing is working in Nigeria today—All we hear is dasuki and efcc lies———————————————–This is the worst Nigerians have ever seen in the history of the country since 1960–Remember we experienced the same thing—–over 30 years ago—Sadly we warned 9jas but they would not listen—-to the voice of wisdom—–so assisted the yankees to remove Jonathan from power—-with the aid of PT—Now they go about killing the relations of Jonathan———Monkey-

  • Anonymous

    So this Wike dude can’t restrain those little murderous vagabonds. Dividend of revolving doors of incompetence.

    • Sparzo

      They work for him.

      • Anonymous

        That explains his insouciant attitude towards the massacre.

  • COL HASSAN KILL ALL IJAWS

    The Apes in APC have employed Nigerians- on the web—to lie their way via media houses like PT—Millions of them Buharimice are ranting on the web- rented to post fake comments–Sadly this very story is already on the web—The only original story PT often carries are the Press Releases it obtains from Liar Mohamed–Adesina and Shehu Garba–Today they defend the the 3.7b allocated to Aso Rock clinic in the budget–the next day they claim it was civil servants that planted the figures in the budget—-the third day–u see them came back after sacking–them to civil servants, ati DGs who could not even pass their exams like Buhari, lie to us again that the figures were not padded-by Jonathan and Senate President Saraki–So why did they fire the said civil servants?–No answer————Salaries are not being paid–nothing is working in Nigeria today—All we hear is dasuki and efcc lies–ati the BA–period———————————————This is the worst government Nigerians have ever seen in the history of the country since 1960–Remember we experienced the same thing—–over 30 years ago–with Buhari-Sadly we warned 9jas but they would not listen—-to the voice of wisdom—–so assisted the yankees to remove Jonathan from power—-with the aid of PT—Now they go about killing the relations of Jonathan—-in the name of searching for Ijaw man Toompolo—Why the Itsekiris led by Sagay openly beg for alms-because the rice of oil is now 5 cents—————-Separation isd the only answer not the rule of the Fulanis and Yoruba traitors—Monkey-

  • Gugurus Ekpa

    Murderous PDP in action. If they are not cultist in the south, then they are boko haram in the north.