Abia police confirm killing of three by suspected cultists

The Abia State Police Command has confirmed the killing of three Abia State Environmental Protection Agency employees in Aba, the state's commercial hub, on Friday.

SP Geoffrey Ogbonna, the state Police Public Relations Officer, stated that the deceased were on duty in the area.

Ogbonna went on to say that they were identified as ASEPA employees who were on duty in the area.

"They were attacked by men suspected of being cultists, but the name of their cult group is not yet known," he said.

"The people who dressed in black outfits inflicted multiple injuries on the victims with machetes, daggers and axes which left Stanley Ejike and two others whose identities were yet-to-be identified dead.

"It was the identity card found on the body of one of them that disclosed that they were ASEPA staff.

"Before police arrived, the suspects had fled, leaving the dead bodies of their victims in the morgue.

"An investigation into the matter has begun. People who have information that could lead to the arrest of those responsible for the heinous act should provide police with additional useful information."

According to our correspondent's investigation, the incident occurred at the popular SAMECK junction on Faulks Road, which leads to the Ariaria International Market.

According to reports, the incident forced many shop owners to close their doors in order to avoid a police mass arrest.

"We were here selling our goods when some hefty men dressed in black attire approached some people in a small bus and before you knew what was happening, they used either a knife or an axe to hack them to death and dismember their body parts," a shop owner on Faulks road said.

"At first, it was claimed that those on board the bus were police officers dressed in mufti.

"According to another account, the said group in the small bus were touts who go after traffic offenders.

"Everything became chaotic. People fled their stores because no one could figure out what was wrong."

She stated that the killers were dressed in black and that no one could get too close to them.

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