At least five persons were reported dead with several others severely injured as two cult groups fought in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom.
The fight is said to have lasted for two hours until the police brought back normalcy.
The fight was between Vikings and Mafians and started at about 6:30PM.
An eyewitness, Aniekan Akpainyang, who is a tricycle operator, narrated how the clash started with a minor argument at a betting shop, along Ikot Ekpene road.
“A member of the Vikings confraternity had placed a bet to the tune of N5,000, but could not pay after he lost. The shop attendant asked him to pay or drop his phone, but he refused and instead call his gang members on phone, who stormed the betting centre and pounced on the attendant as well as raided the shop.” He said.
He added that the resultant reprisal from the camp of the booking man, said to belong to the Mafians group, led to a free-for-all, with three persons killed; two at the Plaza area and one at the Ikpa road junction, close to the University of Uyo (UNIUYO) town campus, while two others, had earlier been killed at Okokon Etuk street, few meters to the Uyo City centre.
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The police however, confirmed the incident, but could not give figures of the casualties in a statement according to the Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO) SP Odiko Macdon.