Three members of the Edo State Security Network (ESSN) were shot dead on Thursday night by gunmen in Okhun community, Ovia North-East local government area of the state.
The hoodlums according to eyewitnesses invaded the and shot the victims who were on duty.
It was gathered that the incident was not unconnected with the leadership tussle in the community, while others suspected cult reprisal.
In a video, a member of the ESSN who introduced himself as ‘commander Small Baba’ said: “We got an information that some hoodlums were shooting sporadically in Okhun community.
“We swung into action immediately upon receiving the information and got there, we were attacked by the hoodlums. They killed three of my men in the process.
“I was also shot by the hoodlums, but I managed to escape.”
Two persons were recently killed in Okhun and it later triggered a cult war in Benin where now fewer than 10 persons were killed.
Spokesman of the Edo State police command, Chidi Nwabuzor, said he had not been notified of the incident and promised to find and get back to our correspondent.