It was gathered that it was the burial of a suspected leader of a cult named Ozo.
Corpse lying in state
While the corpse was lying in state in his compound, some suspected cultists arrived on the scene and sacked mourners, shooting at them.
A source said, “My sister was supposed to be at the burial. She and her friends had already prepared to leave Awka for Ebenebe, but the vehicle they booked disappointed them.
“She and her friends were so unhappy and decided to go in search of another vehicle that can take them.
”It was in the course of going to the burial that they received a phone call that everybody at the burial had been dispersed by some gunmen.
“She also got a video from the scene, which showed several persons lying in pools of blood dead; while the corpse was desecrated with the coffin lying far apart.”
The Anambra State Police Command has confirmed the incident, saying that it was a case of cult rivalry.
A spokesperson for the command, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said, “This morning there was an incident at Ebenebe. A burial was going on when some people suspected to be cultists invaded the area and started shooting.
“I do not have details of casualties now, but I will keep you informed once the picture becomes clear.
“For now, the Commissioner of Police, Echeng Echeng, has dispatched tactical squads comprising of various units to the area to maintain calm.”
Armed youths have taken over
Recently, cult-related incidents have been rampant in the southeast. Armed youths have taken over the entire region.
Similarly, there have been increasing cases of ritual killings in the region.
However, many had attributed the increase of violent crime in the southeast to a lack of employment for the youths.