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8 killed in renewed cult war in Benin

By GABRIEL ENOGHOLASE

BENIN – NO fewer than eight persons have been killed in a renewed cult war between rival groups in Benin City, Edo State, in the past six days.

The clash is alleged to be between Eiye and the Neo-Black Movement of Africa, aka Black Axe, confraternities.

Although the cause of the clashes could not be ascertained, it was, however, gathered that it may be a fall-out from the death of a young man allegedly killed by a rival cult group, recently.

Meanwhile, the Police in Benin, have intensified a crack down on the warring cult groups, arresting no fewer than five suspects, while arms and ammunition were also recovered from the suspects, two of whom were nabbed by men of Ogida Police Station.

It was gathered that Medical Stores Road, New Benin, Second West, Ogida and Sapele Road areas of Benin City have recorded at least one casualty each in the violence.

It will be recalled that no fewer than 12 youths, including a set of twin brothers, reportedly died in a similar fight, which engulfed the city last February.

Spokesman of the Command, Mr Peter Ogboi, when contacted, said any cultist caught would be treated as enemy of the state.


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