The rivalry started due to the interest of both sides in the issuance of tickets for tricycle riders in the area.
According to Punch Metro, Emmanuel Actor, a Viking, was murdered by a group from the Maphite fraternity over the control of ticket issuance to tricycle operators.
This happened on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, around 1 PM.
The killing of Actor was retaliation to the killing of a Maphite member, who had just murdered a Viking member.
He was removed from his tricycle and hacked to death by the rival gang.
Mr. Okereke Mong, who witnessed the incident said it lasted for more than four hours.
Mong said, “They started the fight on Egerton Street. I learnt that Emmanuel Actor, who was the immediate past leader of Vikings group attempted to take over the issuance of tickets to tricycle operators on Egerton Street. “
“In the process of trying to assert control, he stabbed one of the Maphite members with a broken bottle.”
“Hours later, the group trailed him to Palm Street and intercepted his tricycle. They brought him out and shot him.”
“They also used axes to break open his skull. He bled to death. They waited till he breathed his last before leaving the place. The incident lasted for over one hour and there was no police intervention.”
“The police arrived after the incident. The same group proceeded to Etta-Agbor to kill another Vikings member.”
The Police Public Relations Officer for the state, Mr. John Eluu, gave a confirmation of the incident. He said the body of Actor has been deposited at the mortuary, and one other suspect is in custody.