By Ushang Ewa
The gang wars in Calabar, the Cross River State capital are beginning to increase in numbers as no fewer than four people have been killed since Monday CrossRiverWatch gathered.
The 8 miles axis of Calabar Municipal has suffered the most blow with the gruesome murder of the security guard in a new generation bank which just opened its branch early Wednesday morning topping the most recent.
The security staff was said to have left his duty post to eat when he was accosted by his assailants who murdered him in cold blood with his body dumped at a gutter very close to the bank.
His death came less than twelve hours after another was murdered in similar style.
these were preceded by the death of another at Ikot Ekpo community which is said to have sparked the current rivalry with the youth leader of Eto Mkpo community killed next.
This brings the total number of those reportedly killed in the past four weeks to seven (7) with a father of two shot dead at Ndidem Usang-Iso road while a young artisan was shot in front of his colleagues at Ekpo Abasi street last week.
However, security sources say the actual number is even more as security agencies continue massive arrests at several times in the past 6 months while pressure from Government officials is on them to release the arrested suspects.
A Police source at Diamond hill which houses the Police command in the state said that in March 2018 alone,no fewer than a dozen bodies have been recovered in gang related killings.
He warned that as the election approaches, there will be more bloodletting as some plan internal shake ups to position themselves to negotiate with politicians who will need their services for personal gains.
However, he said the current killings were more of reprisals.
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