Thirteen persons, including a 33-year-old father of three, have been
reportedly killed in renewed violent rivalry between members of Eiye
(Bird) and Aiye (Black Axe) confraternity cult groups in Benin City, Edo
The late father identified as Onosaze A Inegbedion, was said to have been felled around Upper Sokponba area of the city.
cult war which has ragged for three weeks, worsened early this week
following the reported killing of seven persons in the different parts
of the metropolis by unknown gunmen.
It was gathered that the renewed war began following a disagreement among some motor park touts around New Benin market.
source at New Benin area who confided in PM News, said, “I think what
we are witnessing now is a supremacy battle between these elements, and
you know because most of this people belong to rival cult groups; they
tend to always want to lord over each other.”
The State Police
Command spokesman, DSP Joseph Edoghiawerhie, who confirmed the killings,
however remained silent on whether it was cult-related, but noted that
the police was on top of the situation.
“We have sent a strong
message to the perpetrators to desist from such inhuman acts because our
men are fully on ground. They cannot come and rubbish the peaceful
coexistence that the people of the state have been enjoying all through
the year,” Edoghiawerhie said.