Ten students have been confirmed dead and several others severely wounded in the raging cult war rocking the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, in Imo State.
It was gathered that the killings was carried out by rival cult groups on vengeance mission, have been going on unchecked for one week.
The victims were either shot or clubbed to death before being decapitated by the dare-devil cultists. The clash between two rival cult gangs, the Ayes and Baggers confraternities had lasted over two weeks
Some residents in the host community have fled their homes for fear of being attack while, academic activities have grounded to a halt in the polytechnic as students have all deserted their hostels.
Also, the school authorities placed a restriction on movement in and out of the school after 6 p.m.
One of the student said, “We are under attack by cultists. Please help us to inform the police because our lives are in danger.
“Since ten days now there is serious cult clash between two disagreeing cult groups. They said it is a supremacy war. No fewer than ten persons have been shot dead.
In matter that betrays emotions, the student added, “Since I gained admission into this polytechnic I have never seen it this bad. The gunshots are frightening. Please don’t mention my name”.
Narrating their ordeal as host community, a middle aged man, said that since the crisis began they have been locking themselves inside their houses, “here in Umudibia Nekede we are sleeping with our eyes wide opened. There is this boy they killed around our neighbourhood few days ago.
“The boys are members of different cult groups are on a rampage. Please inform security agencies to come to our rescue immediately.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed that some suspects, including those with arms, have been arrested.
Ikeokwu said that the operation, which led to the arrest of the suspects, was carried out by the Anti-Cult Department of the command.