Suspected cultists have caused chaos in Diobu waterfront communities, Port Harcourt Rivers State, shooting into the air, and damaging properties including vehicles.
It was gathered that the nefarious activities of the hoodlums created panic among residents forcing most of them to hide in their houses.
Sources said the waterfront communities of Obidianso, Nwachukwu, Anozie, Echue, Ukwato, Timber and Okwelle, were thrown into confusion by the rampaging youths.
The Diobu Vigilante reportedly nabbed one of the suspects, identified as Brown, recovered an AK 47 rifle from the area, and handed over to the Eagle Crack unit of the police attached to Mile one Police Division.
The Chairman of Diobu Vigilante, Amatari Bipelede, who confirmed the incident, said his group apprehended one of the suspects and handed him over to the police.
He said: “Diobu (Vigilante) Security Service recovered one AK 47 at Okwelle Waterfront, Miles 2 Diobu, Portharcourt, which was handed over to the E Crack Commander.
“Sunday, was like a nightmare in most of the waterfronts like Obidianso, Nwachukwu, Anozie, Echue, Ukwatu, Timber, Okwelle and others as two cult groups by name Lamedian & Foundation all in Degbam were fighting carrying arms, shooting, breaking the windscreen of car’s packed on their way
“Diobu (Vigilante) under intelligent gathering swung into action and apprehended one School Boy who in return gave us names like Augustine and Doctor; we recovered the said AK 47 with a double magazine (cartridges) which we handed over to the E Crack Commander. Let God take all the glory”.
But a relative of the arrested man, who identified himself as Daniel said he had tried in vain to locate his apprehended brother.
He said: “They said my younger brother was involved in a fight using weapons and he died, I have gone to Mile one Police station to recover his corpse and I was told that such incident never happened that they are not aware, I also went to Eagle crack unit, they said they were not aware, it was not on their records.
“I also went to Azikiwe Police station looking for my brother even if they have killed him, let them give us his corpse so we can bury him, but the station also said such an incident never happened. All the police stations within Diobu axis of Port Harcourt are saying they are not aware of the incident, but the Diobu Vigilante group that arrested him said they handed him over to E-Crack commander.”