Prophet, Father Killed By Suspected Cultist In A’Ibom As Police Begin Manhunt

Prophet, Father Killed By Suspected Cultist In A’Ibom As Police Begin Manhunt
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Fear has enveloped the sleepy community of Ikot Ibekwe in Ukanafun Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom state following the gruesome murder of Prophet Kufre Obonukut, a Church founder and his father, Chief Ephraim Obonukut, at the weekend.

Umanah Effiong, a local resident identified those killed to include Chief Ephraim Jacob Obonukut and his son, Prophet Kufre Obonukut, who, according to him, were matcheted to death by the cultists in their family compound at Ikot Ibekwe, few kilometers to Ikot Akpankuk, headquarters of the Local Government.

Family sources explained  that “the cultists came to kill Prophet Kufre, and when he raised the alarm, his father was alerted to come up to save him, but unknown to him, the criminals turned and also attacked him with several machete cuts to his head and other parts of his body became seriously mutilated”.

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“As they were macheting the son, the father emerged after hearing the alarm raised by his son and suddenly, the rest of the cultists turned their attention on the father and started inflicting heavy machete cuts on him”, he stressed.
Another source from the bereaved family said the killing might not be unconnected with the fact that Prophet Kufre who was the founder of Last Bus Stop Church (LBC), Ikot Ibekwe, was an object of envy by some Church founders in the area, apparently

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According to the source, the Prophet was accused of luring members from other Churches through some gripping miracles from and uncanny ability to handle difficult spiritual problems afflicting people, thus turning many to the church for solutions.

 “It is very sad to miss a father and a son at the same time. At the moment, the mother is bedridden. The prophet had been buried to relief the family,while the father is to be buried later because of his chieftaincy status.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Superintendent Odiko Macdon, said investigation was ongoing with a view to unraveling the immediate and remote causes of the attack.

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“Discreet investigations are ongoing to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the incident”, he assured, and urged members of the civil society to volunteer intelligence to security agents with a view to apprehending the culprits, whom he said were still at large.


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