One Mr. Etim Mesembe was killed in a renewed gang war on Monday night, August 28 at Eyo Ita Street Calabar, Cross River State Capital.
Until his death, Mesembe was contesting for the position of a Councillor in Calabar South Local Government Area Ward 8.
It was gathered that the deceased was standing on the street when the assailant suspected to be members of by Vikings and Skylow cult groups, whom sources say had mobilised for a hit, spotted him.
“After a shout from one of them that he was the one, he was shot and cut with machetes several times. His death came 24 hours after a fight between the Skylow gang and Scorpion gang on Sunday night had led to the death of a Scorpion member in Ekpo Abasi,” the report said.
“Sources say the Skylow planned a reprisal for the Scorpion gang who had killed about four of their members during the last war. And, on Sunday night, the gang planned to hit Scorpion members around Mayne Avenue, Ekpo Abasi and Anantigha axis where three teams were waiting and ambushed any fleeing Scorpion member.
“The recent war is suspected to be connected to the killing of one Ecomoc in June due to ticketing competition between gang groups after government officials indirectly recruited them through phoney companies serving as revenue collection agencies.