Reports of renewed cult clash in Edo State, between the Eiye and Black Axe confraternity have led to the death of four people.
The rivalry which began on Sunday, (May, 15) evening and spilled into Monday was caused after two persons belonging to the Eiye and Black Axe cult groups got into an argument at a popular bar along Sakponba Road in Benin, the state capital.
During the argument which turned physical, a member of the Black Axe confraternity was said to have been injured and later rushed to a hospital.
Disappointed in having a rival hurt one of theirs, the opposing group embarked on a revenge mission as friends of the injured Black-Axe member reportedly attacked and killed three members of the opposition group in different locations within the area.
It was discovered that one of the victims, identified as Lawal, was shot dead at close range at Ezoba, along Sokponba Road in Benin.
Lawal’s assailants had also attacked his unnamed younger brother, leaving him with severe machete cuts.
Confirming the attack, The Police Public Relations Officer, Osifo Abiodun, said, “We did our intervention by deploying our men in the area; we are on a manhunt for those fingered.
We are very sure that before the end of tomorrow (Tuesday) we will be able to arrest those that have been fingered in the action.”
Abiodun added that the number of casualties from the clash is yet to be ascertained.
Source, TodayNG, May 17, 2016