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Renewed Cult War Claims 3 Lives in Benin


Three persons were feared killed Tuesday afternoon in a renewed cult war in Benin, Edo State capital.
Among the dead was a man simply identified as Papa Obodo who was reportedly beheaded by suspected cultists .
It was learnt that the fighting involved members of the Aiye otherwise known as Black Axe and Eiye Confraternity group.
Trouble was said to have started at a popular drinking bar around Sakponba Road in the metropolis after a disagreement broke out between the two groups on Sunday.
The disagreement reportedly took a worrisome twist on Sunday night when some gunmen suspected to be cultists shot an unidentified man to death in the neigbourhood.
Also on Tuesday, in what looked like a reprisal, two gunmen shot at a man simply identified as Osaze at close range around Second East Circular Road .
The victim was said to have escaped from the suspected cultists grip when they stormed his home in the neigbourhood.
Eyewitness said that the gunmen afterwards gave the victim a hot chase before firing at him.
“They (gunmen) first hit Osaze with machete on the head and later shot him to death. And the cultists were overheard chanting one, one score-line after killing their victim,” the witness said.
It was however gathered from sympathizers at the scene that Osaze who was adorn in black long-sleeved and brown trouser when the gunmen struck was said to be mourning his late father.
It was further learnt that the remains of Osaze’s father who passed-on last month are still in the morgue.
Confirming the incident, the Edo State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, said the killing was as a result of the cold war between cult groups.
He said in June this year during fight between the cult groups, a member of one of the groups was shot dead, saying that Tuesday’s killing was in retaliation to the one that happened in June.
Ezike said the Police are on top of the situation as some arrest have been made in connection to the killing, calling on parents to always monitor their wards so that they should not be used in cult war in the state.


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