Gunmen suspected to be cult members ambushed a patrol team of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) along the East West Road, Emohua section today, wounding one officer, while a member of the cult group was shot dead and a pistol and other weapons recovered. The Commander of SARS in Rivers State, Akin Fakorode confirmed the incident.”We had enccounter with a cult group in Emohua this morning when on patrol to ensure that the kidnappings and robberies in that axis of the East-West road are checked and ensure safety of travellers. There was a gun battle during which one of the cultists was killed. “No arrest has been made yet, we are still on the trail of other members of the cult group. We just recovered some of the weapons of the cult members. Fakorode added that an injured SARS officer was in the intensive care unit at the UPTH. The Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said the SARS Patrol team were on routine patrol when the team was attacked leading to the exchange of gunfire between SARS operatives and the cult members. He said the presence of the SARS operatives is to check the frequent incidents of kidnappings, armed robberies and other criminal activities on the major highway. An eyewitness Aghedo Alexander narrated the incident in his Facebook page. According to him, “I witnessed everything on my way to Ahoada my office. I was caught in crossfire or will I say ambush, after backup came from SARS and they cleared the blockage at OGBAKRI junction chasing this protesting cult boys into the bush, and telling motorist to continue their journey. Unknown to us and the SARS team that these cultists have mounted another burn fire and road block 2 kilometers away from the first one SARS cleared. The boys came out from the bush and started shooting at motorists. Thank goodness my driver was fast enough to make a U-turn. Thank God for safety”. Another witness, Ohaka Bob Ikpendu, narrated: “I was caught in between, I pleaded and pleaded with them, I spoke all the Ikwerre language in me today just to prevent them from smashing the car and harassing me and the others I was travelling with. “We truly have a big problem in Rivers State. I saw very angry, idle and destructive youths, who were so available to cause mayhem at the snap of a finger there. There has to be a programme for youths in this state. There are a lot of youths idle and available to commit crime,” Ikpendu said in his Facebook page.