Soldiers have been deployed to restore peace at Ibaa Community in southeast Rivers State, an official said late Wednesday.
According to Xinhuanet.com, a violent clash by rival cult gangs had sacked residents of Ibaa, forcing them to seek refuge in neighboring towns.
Lt.-Col. Mustapha Nanka, spokesperson for the Joint Task Force (JTF), told reporters at Ibaa that the task force received reports that activities of rival cult gangs had compelled residents to flee the community.
Nanka said the cult gangs, known as the Islanders and Highlanders, allegedly terrorized the people of the community by looting, raping and damaging property, especially at nights.
The JTF spokesman said military personnel were deployed there to ensure peace.