Renewed Gang Clash Claims Six Lives In Cross River, Police Make Arrests

In Breaking News, Reports

By Edem Edem, Daily Post

Renewed gang clashes in Calabar, Cross River State have allegedly claimed no fewer than six lives.

The two days killing spree which started on Saturday during the burial of a suspected Bakassi Strike Force member extended to Sunday night.

A witness who declined giving his identity said, “The face-off started on Saturday after the burial of Ene Akabom, a suspected ex-member of the dreaded Bakassi Strike Force who was also a known gangster in the Idang-Ibesikpo-Ambo axis of Calabar South LGA.

“It was at the funeral that the rival gangs had altercations which led to the resurgence of the clash. After the burial, the face-off became intense so that a member of one group was shot and killed near Duncan Street.

“As we speak, six members of the rival groups have been killed as of Sunday night at different locations in Calabar. A barber was shot right inside his shop at Mbukpa Road when he was attending to customers on Sunday by 7pm.

“This led to a stampede in the nearby popular Mbukpa market in Calabar South Local Government Area. Another was allegedly cut into pieces and carried in a sack bag to the victim’s compound.

“The members of the two leading gangs, Klanz and Axe participated in the funeral where sporadic gunshots were heard” he explained.

As at the time of filing this report, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Irene Ugbo, she said the Police had been informed of the clash and some arrest have been made.

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