Panic has engulfed the Ngo area Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State following the killing of a leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, Etengo Etengo.
Sources say Etengo was killed alongside his second-in-command in an attack by suspected cultists.
According to sources, the militant leader died following injuries inflicted on him by his attackers who engaged him in in a shootout that lasted for over two hours on Monday.
The sources said were Etengo was ambushed and killed alongside his second-in-command. They added that the deceased were all cultists and they have been killing people.
His killing created tension which spread across communities in Andoni as some residents have fled the mainly coastal area to safer towns nearby for fear of possible reprisals.