Unknown assailants on Tuesday morning killed two guards at the premises of a Rivers State High Court, Port Harcourt.
A witness, who asked not to be named, told PREMIUM TIMES that the attackers stabbed before decapitating the security men. He said the attackers left a bloody mess on spot where the security men were killed.
The court authorities have since closed the court to the public.
The Rivers State Police Command, Ahmad Muhammad, confirmed the attack during a telephone chat with PREMIUM TIMES. He, however said the security men were not decapitated but attacked by hard objects.
According to Mr. Muhammad, the security men appeared to be sleeping when they were attacked by the unknown assailants.
“The security men were sleeping while on duty. The unknown assailants launched an attack on them with hard objects mostly on the upper parts of their bodies. By the time our men arrived the attackers have fled and we only found the bodies of the security men. But their heads were not severed.”
The attack came a day after five policemen were ambushed and killed by suspected cultists in the state.
River States has become a hotbed for cult-related violence lately. The scale of the violence shot up after the 2015 presidential and gubernatorial elections in the state.
A lawyer who was in court told this newspaper that a former majority leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Chidi Lloyd, was due to be arraigned at the court. That could not be immediately confirmed.