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No fewer than three people have died
following bloody clashes between two rival
cults, identified as Maphite and Vikings.
The groups were reportedly fighting over
the control of ticket issuance to tricycle
operators in Calabar, Cross River State.

Gistnation Media learnt on Thursday that
trouble started at about 1pm on Wednesday
when a key figure in the Vikings, Emmanuel
Actor, was trailed and murdered by the rival
Maphite group on Palm Street in the
Calabar South area.

It was learnt that Actor, who allegedly
controlled the issuance of tickets to
commercial tricycle operators along Nelson
Mandela Street, went to an area controlled
by the rival group on Egerton Street and
stabbed a key opponent in an attempt to
expand his territory.
The Maphite group was said to have
immediately regrouped and trailed Actor to
Palm Street where he was brought out
from his tricycle and hacked to death.

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The group reportedly started shooting
sporadically along major business routes in
Calabar South, which forced traders to shut
down business activities.
It was gathered that another Vikings
member was killed on Etta-Agbor Road,
while the clash, which continued on
Thursday, also claimed the life of another
unidentified cultist on Richard Henshaw
Street by Edibe-Edibe Road.

An eyewitness, Mr. Okereke Mong, said the
cultists on Wednesday terrorised Calabar-
South for more than four hours without
interference from any security agencies.
He said, “They started the fight on Egerton
Street. I learnt that Emmanuel Actor, who
was the immediate past leader of Vikings
group attempted to take over the issuance
of tickets to tricycle operators on Egerton
Street. In the process of trying to assert
control, he stabbed one of the Maphite
members with a broken bottle.

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“Hours later, the group trailed him to Palm
Street and intercepted his tricycle. They
brought him out and shot him. They also
used axes to break open his skull. He bled
to death. They waited till he breathed his
last before leaving the place. The incident
lasted for over one hour and there was no
police intervention.

“The police arrived after the incident. The
same group proceeded to Etta-Agbor to kill
another Vikings member.”

However, the Special Adviser to the
Governor on Department of Public
Transport, Mr. Gabriel Okulaja, said the
agencies involved in issuance of tickets to
tricycle riders did not have anything to do
with cultism.
While denying knowledge of the existence of
groups issuing tickets to commercial
tricycle operators, Okulaja pointed out that
touts had constituted themselves as
collection agents in Calabar-South without
remitting any funds to the approved agents.

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When contacted, the Police Public Relations
Officer for the state, Mr. John Eluu,
confirmed the incident, adding that one of
the suspects had been arrested.
He explained that the mutilated corpse of
Actor had been deposited in a mortuary
while efforts were on to arrest other cult
members.

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