The relative peace that had hitherto been enjoyed by residents of Benin –City, Edo State, before and after the governorship election in the state, was, yesterday, disrupted, when cult groups unleashed terror among themselves in the City, leaving three persons dead.
Vanguard gathered that no fewer than three persons were reportedly killed while several others were seriously injured in a renewed cult-clash in three different locations in the city between two rival cult groups, the Air Lords, aka Eiye and Black Axe.
It was learnt that some of the victims were killed when an argument ensued among them over the sharing of money allegedly given to them by politicians.
It was also gathered that two men riding on a motorcycle suspected to be members of the Eiye confraternity shot a member of a rival Black Axe cult group, whose name could not be ascertained at press time.
As soon as this happened, the Black Axe members were alleged to have stormed the Okhoro Road area apparently on a reprisal mission and swooped on two rival members, killing them in the process.
The death on Zabayo Road was said to have occurred at 11p.m., on Wednesday, shortly before the arrival of joint security patrol team, Operation Thunderstorm got to the scene in response to a distress call from an unidentified resident.
One of the victims, identified as Nosa Ebohon aka Biggy, lived on Ojo Street at Ugbowo axis of the City.
Biggy who just graduated from the University of Benin and waiting call up letter from the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, it was gathered, was killed at 9a.m., after dropping his mother off at her office, yesterday.
He was said to have parked his car at a drinking joint on Uwasota Road, Ugbowo where he was having some drinks with his friends, when two unidentified men, in commando style on a motor bike shot him at close range.
He died on the spot and his body was deposited at University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH mortuary.
When contacted, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Olayinka Balogun, who could not confirm the incidents, said he had just resumed at his office after being away from the state following his deployment during the election.