Cultist activities have continued to increase daily in Cross River State in spite of threats from the state government and security agencies.
In a recent attack, some yet to be identified group of cultist for reason unknown, have reportedly murdered a doctor in Calabar, the capital city of the state.
Naija News received that an academic doctor actively working with the University of Calabar, was severely stabbed on the noon hour of Sunday for an unknown reason.
According to a source who remains anonymous for security reasons, the doctor was stabbed severally to death at the doctors’ quarters in the University.
He said, “The victim was stabbed this afternoon at the doctors’ quarters by a gang of eight.
“He was hurriedly rushed to a hospital but he could not make it. It is very sad and unfortunate. The incident caused a scar in the environment as people ran for safety,”
Meanwhile, another related incident again reportedly occurred on the same day along Ephraim Street-by Maple Street.
It was reported that a cultist group again killed someone at about 6 pm on Sunday, May 17 in the state capital.
Reacting to the incident, the state government in a phone conversation with newsmen condemned the act of the cultists which it described as unfortunate.
Speaking on the occurrence, the Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade on Anti Cultism, Apostle Steve Umoh said, “The incidents are very sad and unfortunate. My brother, my opinion is very simple; the government is on top of the matter, the appropriate agencies that safeguard the lives and property of the people of the State are on top of the matter.”
“As I am talking to you now, it is a pity that there is a little that government can do, because when you are policing people at region A and those at region B are striking, causing havoc.”
“The governor or the government of the day is not the one that forces people to join cults; some of them were members for over 20 or 30 years. Like the Doctor, till he joined the fraternity the governor was not there, but Prof Ayade is doing everything possible to solve the problem,”
He added, “We know them, let our people tell them about the danger of belonging to these groups. My personal plan is to start a sensitization program where we will re-introduce religious fellowship in Schools, be it Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Institutions.
“We are going to affiliate Schools with existing churches, a particular church will cater for three schools and they will go in during break hours and teach the students. I will also ensure that cultism and the danger following it are part of the curriculum in schools so that people will begin to learn.
He reiterated, “The only thing we want to do is to block those who are not members yet. The recent clash is between Klanx and Black Axe. We are not relaxing, we have alerted the Police, DSS, Civil Defence, Army and other security agencies and they are on top of the matter. Most of these things happened when this government was not in existence; some members have been there for thirty years and very soon everything will be normal.”