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C’River insecurity worsens as ex-PDP Chair killed by cultist

Insecurity in Cross River State has worsened as a former Chapter Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ekpenyong Okom was murdered by suspected rival cult group over the weekend.

The victim, it was alleged, was murdered on Saturday at about 8pm, at a drinking joint along Akai Efa in Calabar Municipal Council of Cross River State, reports say.

The State Security Adviser to Governor Ayade, South, Mr Ani Esin confirmed the development while l lamenting how insecurity has gripped the state and the role of rival clash, noting that the action was regrettable.

“The victim was a former chapter chairman of PDP in Odukpani, in Odukpani local government area of the State. He was murdered on Saturday by 8pm.

“He was shot and died on the spot,” Esin added. “He was suspected to be a member of Klanz and was gunned down by suspected members of Axe.

“The cult operation is not only in Calabar but in Bakassi, Okukpani and its environs,” he said.

Daily Mail reports that on Friday at about 7am, a suspected cultist was shot dead, while in the night of the same day, about 8pm another suspected cultist was gunned down, bringing the total number of death to three within two days.

Cult killings and related cases of insecurity have increased lately in the state with regular attacks even in broad day light.

Cross River State used to be the most peaceful and secured state in the country but has descended into one of the worse cases of insecurity in the past few years, reports say.

The state’s unemployment stands at 76% according to National Bureau of Statistics, NBS.

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