CULT related killings resumed in
Enugu Thursday with the
shooting to death of four persons
including a councilor.
This is coming on the heels of
unconfirmed reports that the
abductors of the Vice Chancellor
of Enugu State University of
Science and Technology, ESUT,
Professor Cyprian Onyeji, have
demanded a ransom of about
N200 million as a condition for his
The four victims killed in the
renewed cult war were killed at
different points within Enugu
capital city Thursday. Two were
killed in the morning at Adelabu
and Peter Okoye streets, Uwani
area of Enugu while one was killed
at Onuasata in the afternoon.
The fourth, a councilor in one of
the local councils of the state
was shot dead Thursday evening
at One Day Road, Awkunanaw.
The a. ssailants used cars for the
operation and were heavily
armed, according to an
eyewitness. The cultists resorted
to using cars for their nefarious
activities following the ban on
motorcycles which they normally
use to escape after launching an
The killings came on the heels of
the police hunt for the kidnappers
of ESUT Vice Chancellor, whose
official vehicle, a Hunda Accord
in which he was taken away on
Wednesdday was reportedly found
Although the police did not
confirm the ransom demand, they
confirmed that the vehicle was
recovered intact. Sources said
that the kidnappers made
telephone contacts with
Professor Onyeji’s family and
made the ransom demand
Thursday but the person who
received the call could not be
Police Public Relations Officer
(PPRO) Enugu State Command,
Mr. Ebere Amaraizu said the
police were on top of the situation
saying that they have spread
their dragnets for a crackdown on
the abductors.
The police spokesman confirmed
the killings in cult related
violence, saying that the police is
investigating the killings.