A culitist and former militant is in the dock for killing a rival gang member.
A former militant and secret cult member, Joberi Pyagbara, has told detectives at the Rivers State Police Command that he murdered a rival cult member because he was one of those that killed his friend.
The 20-year-old man was nabbed after it was discovered that he killed someone in a remote village and buried the corpse in a shallow grave to avoid detection.
Pyagbara who was paraded alongside 30 other cult members in what the police say is a major heist, said it would have been a disgrace for him for a rival cult group to kill one of his members without striking back.
According to him, after his friend was killed, he identified one of the cult members around his community of Eken in Khana local government area of the state and clubbed him to death before going further to bury the man.
Pyagbara told the police that he is not afraid to die as he felt a sense of satisfaction killing one of his rivals.
"I was arrested by the police because of cultism. It was during a community fight. Members of a cult group killed some of my friends and we decided to avenge and killed two.
When the other cult group (Demua) came, they scattered the community. Many people ran away while they killed our friends. I belong to Dewell.
We don’t kill, but when anybody offends us, we go after him. They (other cult group) started it all by killing our members and we had to fight back.
It is true that I killed one person and buried him in my community, Eken in Khanal local government area. I dug a small grave and did it (buried him). As a cultist, I felt satisfied when I killed those who killed my friends.
I am 20 years old. I am part of the amnesty programme; I have never involved myself in crime after the amnesty, but the killings of my friends took me back to cultism. Those cult people cut our friends’ head and then we agreed that we must avenge."