There was tension at Ubete community in Ahoada West area of Rivers State over the weekend, as heavily armed men, suspected to be cultists, engaged security men in fierce gun battle.
Community sources said trouble broke out in the community when the suspected cultists went to bury two of their members shot dead by a rival cult group.
The sources said that when members of the deceased’s cult went for the funeral, the rival cult group entered the arena.
They immediately starting shooting and snatching motor bikes from people.
The situation attracted the attention of a unit of anti-riot policemen stationed at a point in the community, thus leading to a fierce gun battle.
Some deaths were recorded, as at Monday many residents had fled the community for fear of reprisal.