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Many Killed In Renewed Edo Cult War

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Tension heightened in parts of Edo state following renewed cult war which claimed the lives of some persons over the weekend in Estako and Auchi local governments, by suspected cult group.

A medicine store owner along Igbei street and a generator repairer were among the dead victims of the cultists clash.

A combined team of armed police operatives and the local vigilante were drafted to the streets to restore law and order while the streets were deserted and stores closed down.

Last Thursday, a technician identified as Godbless Olitan was killed by persons suspected to be cultists near Oliha market in Benin City.

He was chased by his assailants to a building along Ore-Oghene where he was eventually killed.

Eye witnesses said the assailants drove a Toyota Camry car.

LEADERSHIP gathered that the deceased received  a call while in his family hose at No 6, Basuaye Street Off Ore-Oghene street that a costumer was waiting for him at his shop near the market.

Not less than two persons were reportedly killed and cult clashes around Upper Uwa, Isiemwerho between 1stand 2nd East Circular road, and at Uwhene Ugbague road axis of the city.

Impeccable sources in Auchi revealed that the most worrying aspect of cult activities is that some members of both the security agencies and the vigilante groups are believed to be members of some of these cult groups.

It was gathered that the initial clashes were between members of the black axe and Aiye confraternities but members of another group identified as maphites have become part of the renewed clash.

As at the time of filing this report, the Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Mwabuzor has not responded to calls.



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