By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN CITY – THE university town of Ekpoma, turned into a theatre of war since Wednesday, as rival cult groups in the state owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU), engaged themselves in a renewed cult clash killing seven persons so far.
Vanguard was reliably informed that the clash is between the Maphite Confraternity and the Black Axe. It was learnt that one of those killed was a student who had completed his exams and was awaiting his call up letter for his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Vanguard gathered that the six of the people killed in the cult war were shot dead in different parts of Ekpoma, while one of the deceased was shot in front of university gate Wednesday. Five was said to have been killed last Wednesday while two was killed yesterday (Thursday).
But the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Peter Ogboi, confirmed only three dead and disclosed that two suspected cultist are already in police net in connection with the killings.
Ogboi explained that “the situation is worrisome but it is under control. We have sent we have sent operatives to the area and they are already making huge success to get all those involved. Two suspected cultists are already with us now, they were arrested with arms. They are being questioned over what happened in Ekpoma by a special squad of anti-crack team and they are going through intensive interrogation”.
However, the Public Relations Officer of the University, Dr Chris Adamaigbo, claimed that the deceased students were not students of the university and that the institution has nothing to do with the ugly incident.
According to him, “the ones we are aware of now are not registered members of the university so we cannot say they are students of the university. The university authority has nothing to do with what is happening outside, the people involved have no business with the university”.