Some of the cultists who were arrested
The cultists were said to have gunned down some of their victims while using axe on others.
According to an eyewitness who pleaded anonymity, the incident was caused by the death of a member of the Black Axe confraternity who was allegedly ambushed and killed by members of a rival cult group, the Buccaneers, in one of the popular hotels in Owerri.
The source said the Black Axe cult members who were armed, trailed the suspected killers of their members to Ekeonunwa market where they killed about five people in the presence of traders, who abandoned their goods to parts of the city and scampered for their lives.
They traced others to another part of the city, there they shot a man a man who just recently got married. They were said to have cut him into pieces before some armed police men arrived the scene.
They engaged in a gun battle which lasted for hours, with the policemen and 8 suspects were arrested.
Confirming the incident, the Police spokesman Andrew Enwerem said the number of casualties was yet to be confirmed, adding that investigations are ongoing to apprehend other suspects.