More than 20 persons have been feared killed in different parts of Upper Sokponba and its environs in a renewed clash between rival cult groups. AYE and EIYE, An ad-hoc worker of the Edo State-owned Public Work Volunteer, whose identity could not be confirmed, was killed at his duty post at the popular Third Junction in Benin City.
The killing caused pandemonium as traders and commercial bus drivers scampered for safety. At Iyobosa Street, off M.M. Way, the cult gang killed a rival gang member at about 1:00p.m.
Another victim was killed at Isibor Street off Sokponba road while the third victim was said to have been shot by gunmen in Alohan Junction off Erediauwa by Sapele Road. “He was walking in the street when the assailant in a car drove close to him, shot him and sped off.”
According to report about 20 persons have been killed within the last one week.
Edo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, could not be reached for comments. Governor Godwin Obaseki had at the weekend vowed to flush out criminal elements from the state after a meeting with heads of security agencies.
“I have met with the Commissioner of Police and the DSS boss over the increased spate of cult activities in the state and we are deploying resources to ensure that those fuelling the crimes are brought to book. We are committed to a safe Edo and will not tolerate any criminality,” Obaseki stated.
Reacting, however, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Johnson Kokumo said it was cultists that were on rampage. “We made adequate deployment to key areas, a sizeable number of the cultists have been arrested and a reasonable number of their arms and ammunition have been recovered.