Rival cult clash claims at least 8 in Benin

No fewer than eight persons have allegedly been killed following attacks

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Rival cult clash claims at least 8 in Benin

No fewer than eight persons have allegedly been killed following attacks and counter attacks by warring cult groups in Benin City, Fresh Angle can report.

The two leading cult groups, Eiye and Black Axe confraternity allegedly recruited by politicians and land speculators have reportedly taken over the streets of the ancient city of Benin. The violent clashes between the cult groups, which had abated for some time in Benin resurfaced aftermath of the July 14th gubernatorial election and has claimed the lives of some
persons and left several others wounded.

The bloody clashes, which occurred in three different locations, involved two rival cult groups for reasons yet to be known. According to sources, in one of the incidents the victim was killed during a quarrel as one of the groups was sharing money allegedly given to them by politicians.

Two men were riding on a motor cycle when suspected members of the Eiye confraternity allegedly shot a member of the rival Black Axe cult group whose name could not be ascertained. Following the shootings, the Black Axe members were said to have stormed the Okohoro Road area where the incident occurred, apparently on a reprisal mission and swooped on two rival members, killing one of them in the process.

In another incident, members of the Black Axe confraternity were said to have launched another attack on their opponents at the Zabayo Street, off stadium road junction, where they allegedly hacked one person to death at about 11pm. According to sources, one of the victims of the clashes was identified as Noas Ebohon aka Biggy, who resides at Ojo street Ugbowo,
Benin City. He was said to have just graduated from the University of Benin and waiting call up letter from the NYSC.

Biggy was reportedly killed at about 9am after dropping his mother in her office. Sources said he parked his car in front of a drinking joint along Uwasota, where he was drinking with his friends when suddenly two persons reportedly entered the bar and shot at him at a close range, his body has since been deposited at the UBTH mortuary.

When contacted the Edo State Police Command Image Maker, DSP Anthony Airhuoyo confirmed the killing of youths in Benin City by rival cult groups, he however remarked that the police is on top of the situation, revealing that arrests of suspected cultists has been made.

Meanwhile patrons and leaders of the two warring cult groups have relocated for fear of being killed in the ongoing cult war.
By: Odion Mark
From: Benin City       

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