About five persons have been reportedly killed following an invasion of Zor-Sogho Community, Khana Local Government Area, Rivers State, by unidentified gunmen.
It was learnt that the killers, who stormed the community, shot heavily and in the process gunned down five victims and injured others.
A source, who spoke in confidence, said that the bandits carried out the operation at about 10pm on Thursday.
He said that the development unsettled the community, adding that many residents out of fear fled into the Bush.
The Ogoni Development Initiative, (OYDI), condemned the killings of the victims in the community, describing it as barbaric.
The National Coordinator, OYDI, Imeabe Saviour Oscar, attributed the incident to cultism saying youths in Ogoni were still hiding under such illegal confraternity to perpetrate heinous crimes.
He said: “We are shocked that at a time we are preaching peace that some misguided youths will still carry guns to kill innocent people.
“It is not a good report at all. For us, the peace of our communities is paramount. We advise our youths to shun violence and embrace peace or be ready to face the wrath of the law.
“We are also using this medium to call on the government, the security agencies to investigate this matter to ensure this kind of act does not repeat.
“We want those behind this incident to be fished out and prosecuted so we can have peace in our communities.”
But the police in the state said the matter had not been reported to them.