A rival cult group set fire to an alleged member of the Bobos cult group identified as Christopher Samuel in the Swali neighborhood of Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa state, on Saturday.
The incident which happened around 6.30am was the result of an early morning clash between the group of the deceased and another group which has not yet been identified.
Although locals and traders in the popular Swali market initially thought it was a robbery when the mob accosted and set Samuel on fire, police later confirmed the incident was a sectarian clash.
Recently, members of the boho cult group clashed with a group of Icelanders in several parts of Bayelsa State in a battle for territorial supremacy.
State Police Spokesperson SP Asinim Butswat, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said the corpse of the burnt cultist was evacuated and deposited at Delta University Teaching Hospital. from Niger, in Okolobiri, for an autopsy.
He said: “On March 26, 2022, at around 6:30 a.m., police officers responded to a distress call regarding clashes linked to the sect on Sand Road, Swali, Yenagoa. Upon arrival, the patrol team discovered the charred body of a suspected cultist.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that the charred body was a certain Christopher Samuel, 21, a notorious member of the cult group Bobos, who was macheted and set on fire by a rival cult group. An investigation is underway to identify and arrest the perpetrators of this despicable act.