By Oladipupo Mojeed  with agency report

A 200 hundred level student of the Ebonyi State University (EBSU) was severely wounded by some cultists who stormed a football viewing centre in Abakaliki during the El Classico match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

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Witnesses’ account

Witnesses likened the incident to a scene from the American Hollywood movies.

The attackers realising the urgency of their mission, made for their prey, the second-year student, sitting with his friends in the middle row of several lines of seats at the centre.

Another witness, John Otubo, noted that the attackers were magnanimous for reducing the impact of their attack considering the number of arms they brandished.

“I watched them brandish two short guns, axes and knives as they simply went for their target, dragged him out and started using the weapons on him.

“No one can explain why they did not shoot him as they concentrated on him without attacking any other person or shooting sporadically to elicit stray-bullet incidences,”he said.

according to Otubo,  several viewers were injured during the ensuing stampede while they scampered for safety as the viewing was abruptly halted.

He said that he was undecided whether to report the matter to the police, adding that he would suspend viewing activities temporarily.

Cultists get ultimatum

Meanwhile, Mark Onu, National President of Akubaraoha (Gov. David Umahi’s nickname) Youth Assembly, gave cultists an immediate ultimatum to cease their nefarious activities or face dire consequences.

Onu, who is also the governor’s Senior Technical Assistant on Youth Mobilisation and Empowerment, urged youths to collaborate with security agencies in the state to fish out cultists wherever they reside or operate.

Sources within EBSU and the town disclosed that there had been several cult-related killings in and around the town which had not been made public by the police.