A renewed violent clash between rival cult groups in Benin City, Edo State, has left no fewer than five persons dead.
It was learned that the cult war allegedly between members of Aye and Maphite group around New Benin axis of Benin and Lucky Way area of the state capital.
Though its not certain what led to the trouble, our correspondent however learnt that that trouble started, weekend, for the cult groups, which allegedly, provided security cover to some politicians after a disagreement over what they called ‘deffered’ issues
A member of Maphite group was said to have been beaten and hacked to death at New Benin while a reprisal attack was carried out by rival group at Lucky Way living about four dead.
The incident, it was further learnt, has spread to other parts of the city as members of the group (Aye) vowed to avenge the death of their member
When contacted, the state police spokesman, DSP Osifo Onwochei, said the command had taken drastic effort to curtail the situation but could not confirm any deaths.
He said, “We are aware of cult-related incidents around Benin Metropolis and the Commissioner of Police has given directives to all divisional police officers (DPOs) to rid the town of all these elements. We have intensified patrol and asked our men to raid all hideouts of these boys. We can assure you that normalcy has been restored.”