Gunmen on Wednesday night invaded Azikoro village in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, killing four persons including a pregnant wife and her husband.
The ramping bandits were said to have also attacked a church and set some buildings ablaze as well as vandalised some vehicles.
A resident and medical doctor, who pleaded anonymity, said: “the armed boys also came into my compound and destroyed my car.”
The state Police Command confirmed the incident but claimed that it was perpetrated by suspected cultists in reprisal.
A statement on Thursday by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Asinim Butswat, said the command had “launched a manhunt for the suspected cultists who murdered four victims and set a house ablaze.”
Butswat said the Commissioner of Police, Mike Okoli, had visited the scene of the crime.