Eight persons have been feared dead on Thursday in a renewed cult war among three cult groups in Benin, Edo State.
Our Correspondent gathered that the Thursday cult clash, allegedly between Maphites, — popularly called aye — and Eiye confraternities have been on in the past seven days.
The killings started last Friday when a 200 level student of the University of Benin, Moses Adeshina, popularly called Aficionado, was shot dead at the Jeans Carnival organised by students of social sciences.
This led to the suspension of all social activities in the school by the university authorities.
Eyewitnesses told our Correspondent that immediately after Aficionado was buried on Wednesday, two persons were allegedly attacked at Wire Road and Siluko Road.
While the victim of Wire Road, identified as Osasuyi, aka 190, allegedly died on the spot, the one in Siluko Road identified as Moses Oboh, was severely injured.
A day after the killing of Aficionado, which was a Saturday, one person was reportedly killed around Isior area of Benin City and in the evening of the same day, another person was said to have been killed around Osasogie area of Ugbowo.
Another person was reportedly killed on Sunday night around Adolor area of Ugbowo and another person in Uwasota and on Wednesday night, two persons were reportedly killed in Gani Fawehinmi layout, Isinoro near New Benin.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwabuzor, said only two deaths have been recorded and one arrest made.
“On the situation in the University of Benin, it was reported that one person was killed as a result of cult-related activities as a result of cult clashes. Yesterday (Wednesday) Oba market police reported the killing of a young man.
“On the Siluko Road incident, one person was arrested with evidence of being part of the fight; he had severe injuries on his two knees. His name is Moses Oboh, 20. This is the information available.
“The Commissioner of Police, Edo State, Danmallam Muhammed, has actually sent out operatives and tactical teams to ensure that this menace is stopped; we hope that the general public will equally assist us by giving information on the activities of cultists.”