Reports from Edo state indicate that no fewer than 12 people have been feared dead at different locations in Benin City, the Edo state capital, in a bloody renewed cult war between rival groups.
According to a report published by Leadership, it was gathered that the clash between members of Eiye confraternity, Black Axe, and Maphite group intensified, recording higher casualties.
The trouble started after a disagreement occurred over the beating to death of a member at a polling centre in Benin during the April 11 state assembly elections, resulting in a reprisal attack which later spread to other part of the metropolis.
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Yesterday’s killing which occurred around Second East Circular and New Lagos Road also claimed the life of a 27-year-old barber.
According to an eye witness, a 70-year-old wood seller, Mrs Philomena Evbuomwan, gunmen shot their victim (the barber) in the head and chest and ensured that he was dead before they left.
Evbuomwan added that she was threatened by the gunmen, who pointed a gun at her.
She said, “I was selling wood when Patrick greeted me. I later sat with him. Suddenly, three boys walked towards us.
“One pointed a gun at my head and later dropped it. He shot Patrick; the other one also fired a shot. The third person took his gun and tapped Patrick. When he saw that he was dead, they ran away. After that, I fainted.”
Cultism in Nigeria has contributed a major threat to academic progress in our universities. The campus which is supposed to be a centre for knowledge has become a devil nest for cultist operations.