Bloodbath in Edo as Renewed Cult War Claims Scores of Lives Within 48 Hours

Scores of persons have been confirmed killed in a renewed cult war in the Edo State capital of Benin, between Monday and Tuesday.
The blood bath that took place within a space of 48 hours was said to have claimed many lives
The dead were reported to have been taken to the mortuary of the State specialist hospital in Benin.
In one of the attacks, a man simply identified as ‘Africa’ was said to have been gunned down Tuesday morning at his beer parlour, located at Uyiosa Junction, Upper Sakponba.
It was gathered that his assailants dragged him out of his beer parlour and shot him several times.
When his assailants discovered that bullets could not penetrate him, they allegedly used machetes to butcher him.
The lifeless body of the victim was sighted inside a police van that deposited his corpse at the Benin Specialist Hospital.
Not long after that, two other petsons were said to have been killed and bodies taken by police operatives to the same hospital mortuary.
It was gathered that two victims whose identities could not be ascertained​, were also killed at Upper Sakponba area of the City.
Also, a young man who was identified as John Terry, was allegedly killed at Upper Uwa area, between 2nd and 3rd East Circular of the City.
It was gathered that unidentified assailants attacked and smatched the head of the victim with a stone.
It would be recalled that a hotel manager, Okunkpolor Osatohamwen, was also murdered at his place of work by yet to be identified assailants.< As at the time of filing this report, it could not be ascertained the number of victims who have lost their lives. It could also not be ascertained which cult groups were involved in the attacks. When contacted on phone, the Edo state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said he was in Kano on election duty. The State Police Command Spokesman, Chidi Nwabuzor, could also not be reached for confirmation, as calls made to his mobile phone went unanswered. Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Journalisits (NUJ), Edo State Chapter, has condemned the unabated cult-related killings in Benin. A statement signed by the Council Chairman and Secretary, Sir Roland Osakue and Titus Akhigbe respectively, described the development as "unwarranted killings​ of youths in Benin City, particularly Upper Sakponba axix." "The Union condemns the unending cult-related killings and we call on security agencies in Edo state to quickly nip it in the bud before it degenerates to a full-blown battle between the rival cult groups. "Two days ago, precisely Monday, Okunkpolor Osatohamwen, the husband of a journalist in Edo was shot dead in Cold blood at his place of work in Upper Sakponba area," Osakue noted.

Author: News Editor

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