Policemen Shot As Rival Cult Groups Clash In Benin


Tension has heightened in some parts of Benin the Edo State capital and adjoining towns following the escalation of bloody clashes between rival Aye and Eiye cult groups in the state.

This is just as an assistant commissioner of police in charge of the Area Command Benin and two senior police officers were shot in the early hours of the day at the popular Murtala Muhammed (MM) Way close to Third East Circular road junction near Sakponba road in the capital city. Soldiers have been deployed to the troubled areas of Upper Sakponba, Idogbo, Three House Junction and adjoining locations where activities of the cultists have sent residents fleeing for their lives. Also, between Monday and Friday (yesterday) 18 persons have reportedly been killed during the bloody clashes between the two rival groups.

In addition, the ugly situation came as economic and development experts converged on the Dennis Osadebay Avenue Government House Benin to fashion out ways for peaceful and sustainable indices towards a viable economic blueprint in the state.

It was not clear what may have sparked the latest killings across major towns and some local government areas in the South senatorial districts of the state. Our Correspondent’s investigations revealed that one of the key actors of one of the rival cult confraternity was scheduled for burial yesterday, a development that attracted who is who in the confraternity. Several people sustained gunshot injuries in the process.

Both the policemen and others injured were rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital and other nearby hospitals for treatment. Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Johnson Kokumo, and the police public relations officer (PPRO) Chidi Nwabuzor, when contacted yesterday on the ugly incidents, failed to respond to call to their cell phones.

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