It was a double tragedy on Friday for a family in Ochigba community in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State as a group of gunmen shot and killed a young man after seizing the corpse of his mother .
The incident, which happened in the community, caused serious panic among indigenes of the area and visitors , who came to witness the funeral of the woman.
The corpse was being taken home from the mortuary in an ambulance before it was hijacked by the gunmen , who were clad in white robes and armed with AK- 47 rifles .
A source , who pleaded anonymity , explained that the incident was cult- related as the hoodlums forced the coffins carrying the remains of the woman out of the ambulance before taking it into the bush .
The driver of the ambulance , according to the source , was ordered by the gunmen to leave the scene with his vehicle , a directive he ( driver) immediately obeyed .
It was learnt that the son of the deceased identified as Emmanuel had moved in to see how the remains of his mother could be released by the gunmen .
The source disclosed that the move became fatal as Emmanuel was shot dead before the corpse of his mother was eventually released .
The young man ’ s corpse was said to have been dragged into the bush by the gunmen suspected to be members of a deadly cult group .
“ He (Emmanuel ) was earlier told not to come to the village for his mother ’ s burial , ” the source told our correspondent.
However , while arrangements for the burial of Emmanuel ’ s mother were ongoing in a church in the community, the congregation quickly dispersed after a rumour became rife that that the gunmen were coming to disrupt the funeral .
It was gathered that few indigenes in the community later came together and hurriedly interred the remains of the deceased woman .
When contacted , the state Police Public Relations Officer , Nnamdi Omoni, said he was not aware of the incident, but promised to confirm from the Divisional Police Officer in the area .