Six feared killed in fresh cult war in Edo State
According to local sources, two of the victims were killed in Ekosodin, a village near the University of Benin, which had been the theatre of recurrent clashes between the groups. The sources said the fight later spread to Upper Sokpomba and other parts of Benin City where four other persons were reported killed.
Responding to the development, the State Police Commissioner, David Omajola, in a briefing to journalists, confirmed four people dead. He said the Command had already arrested seven suspected cultists and that more would be arrested. He also said he had ordered all Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in the state to arrest all cult members in areas under their jurisdiction within the next 24 hours.
He said the command had uncovered plans by some individuals to cause disaffection and insecurity in the state under the guise of cultism. “The list of such individuals has already been compiled”, he said, “The DPOs have been given marching orders to arrest these individuals and their collaborators”.
“All areas of cult activities in the state are under watch and we are not going to allow people to take the law into their hands. I have directed a clampdown on cultists in this state and there is no going back. The Command will parade arrested cultists”.
“And I want to warn hotel owners that they should not allow their places to be used for meetings, because if they do, they will be treated as accomplices,” he said.
This is the fifth major incident of cult violence in Edo State over the last 15 months. In March 2010, a bloody war between the Black Axe and Maphite Confraternity reportedly claimed over 15 lives in Benin City. In May 2010, clashes between the Eiye and Black Axe confraternities in Benin, left 11 people dead. In October 2010, eight persons were killed in clashes between the Maphite Confraternity and the Black Axe at the Ambrose Alli University (AAU) in Ekpoma, Edo State. In January 2011, cult clashes in Benin City reportedly claimed ten lives. (The police commissioner confirmed five deaths at the time and said his men had arrested 40 suspects).
Posted on May 22, 2011, in MAJOR CRIME, NIGERIA POLICE FORCE and tagged Africa, Ambrose Alli University, Arrest, Benin, Benin City, Black Axe, Clash, Cult, David Omajola, Edo State, Eiye, Ekosodin, Ekpoma, Maphite Confraternity, War. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.