Benin cult war claims 10 more lives

News Jan 14, 2011

Residents of Ogida quarters, Benin woke up Friday to find 10 corpses in the area believed to be victims of the latest round of clashes between members of the Eiye Confraternity and the Black Axe.

A similar clash on Eweka Street, Thursday afternoon, had claimed two lives.

Saturday Vanguard gathered that one of the cult groups went on a revenge mission to Uwelu quarters after finding some of its members killed. The bloody mission resulted in the death of three people.

Gunshots raged on Bendel street yesterday with residents running for their lives. The dead bodies were taken to the Central Hospital mortuary in Benin.

Police detectives were subsequently deployed in the area for investigation.

A senior police officer confirmed eight deaths, but residents spoke of 10.

The state police spokesman, Peter Ogboi could not be reached when Vanguard called, but one of his aides said he was in at a security meeting on the issue


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Comment by Otedo News Update on January 31, 2011 at 4:35pm

Renewed Cult War: Twin brothers, 4 others killed

Last updated: 01/31/2011

BENIN CITY - Another six persons including twin brothers and a lone child have been reportedly killed in a deadly cult war that has continued unabatted in the last four weeks in Benin City.

The series of killings which have reportedly claimed no fewer than 21 lives of Nigerians in their prime has triggered renewed apprehension among members of the public who accused the various organs of government, police, traditional and religious institutions as well as the Federal Government of lack of commitment in addressing the underlying causes of cultism and cult related violence.

Some Benin residents who bemoaned the security situation in Edo State, expressed worries over the inability of security agencies to contain the lingering cult war in the state.

Although, impeccable sources hinted The NIGERIAN OBSERVER that a recent meeting organised for the patrons and capons to broker peace for the two embattled cult groups at a popular hotel in Benin City ended in a deadlock.

The tit-for tat killings which sources disclosed continued with impunity last Wednesday, left one dead on Medical Store Road area while the twin brothers were killed around their family abode on ICE Road, Benin City.

Also, a university graduate said to be the only child of a couple and two others were shot dead last Thursday in Sokponba and Egor areas of the state capital.

The Commissioner of Police, Edo State, Mr. David Omojola who paraded 40 suspected cultists nabbed at the wake of the killings stated that “we cannot allow anyone to kill under the guise of cultism.”

The state police chief who also confirmed four casualties of the crisis, charged parents to caution their children against criminality as anyone caught would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Attempts to obtain comments on the recent casualties failed as the state police spokesman, ASP Peter Ogboi could not be reached.
Comment by Otedo News Update on January 26, 2011 at 6:45pm
5 killed, others injured in cult clash
« posted : 1 week ago (January 17, 2011, 01:29:45 AM) »

Five persons have been reportedly killed at the weekend while several others were seriously injured in a bloody clash in three different locations between two rival cult groups, the Eiye and Black Axe in Benin, the Edo State capital.

Daily Sun gathered that the victims were killed during a quarrel, as one of the groups was sharing money allegedly given to them by politicians during the conduct of primaries by one of the political parties in the state.

It was learnt 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 was identified as Tony Idemudia at Uwelu, near Ogida area of the city. As soon as this happened, the Black Axe members were said to have stormed the Texiles Mill Road area apparently on a reprisal mission and swooped on two rival members killing them in the process.

Not satisfied, members of the Black Axe confraternity were said to have retreated and launched another attack on their opponents at the Second East Circular junction also in the state capital, where they shot two persons to death. One of the victims of the onslaught was identified as Osas.
The bloody scenes had left the residents of the affected areas scampering for safety. When contacted , the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Peter Ogboi failed to confirm the incident.

However, Edo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. David Omojola said nine persons had been arrested in connection with the incident. He attributed the killings to rival cult gangs and promised that those involved in the killings would be prosecuted, adding that investigations were on to unravel the circumstances surrounding the clash.

The corpses of the cult members have been taken to the morgue of the Central Hospital, Benin by policemen from the state command.
Comment by Otedo News Update on January 24, 2011 at 12:48pm
Cult war: 40 in police net

News Jan 18, 2011 



BENIN—FOLLOWING the cult war which has led to the death of over 12 persons in different parts of Benin City, Edo State in the last few days, 40 suspected cultists, allegedly involved in the brutal killings, were, yesterday, paraded by the Edo State Police Command.

The Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, has ordered the immediate prosecution of the suspects, just as he assured that the police would clamp down on leaders of cult groups in the state.

The Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr David Omojola, who paraded the suspects, yesterday, also disclosed that the police foiled a robbery attempt in a bank in Aganebode, saying that one person was killed while one of the robbers was arrested. He also said that the police was on the trail of the kidnappers, who abducted the former Vice Chancellor of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Prof. Denis Agbonlahor.

Disclosing how the cultists were arrested, the CP narrated that “some of the suspects were picked up while converging for a retaliatory attack.

Firearms and other dangerous weapons were recovered from them. The leader of one of the cult groups, Mr Kehinde Olotu is equally in our custody. I have given my DPOs a marching order to arrest all persons suspected to be cultists. We cannot afford to fold our hands and watch our young ones kill themselves in the name of cultism.”

He, however, lamented that the Command lacked the wherewithal to tackle criminals in the state, saying that “though the Federal Government is doing its best, there are areas that still need improvement. The Command will do a lot better with more losgistics. At the moment, the command is faced with acute shortage of patrol vehicles and other vital logistics.”

“There is no divisional operational department that has more than one serveable vehicle. Special Anti_Robbery Squad (SARS) for instance, which hitherto had instilled fear into criminals hardly can boast of two operational vehicles and this has hampered the activities of the department” he stated.
Comment by Otedo News Update on January 24, 2011 at 12:13pm

How cultists prepared to set Benin on fire

Just Human Jan 22, 2011

By Simon Ebegbulem

At the last count 10 persons had been hacked to death in the war between the Eiye Confraternity and the Black Axe in Benin.

Yet, the two sides were not alone. Determined to shed blood, one of the groups began mobilising its masses for a retaliatory attack on the other side. Firearms and other weapons were cheaply in place for distribution, when the Police, acting on a tip-off, pounced on them, arresting forty of them including one Kehinde Olotu described as a cult leader.

The suspected cultists on parade.

Parading the suspects before newsmen in Benin, the Edo State Police Commissioner, Mr. David Omojola said: “I have given my DPOs a marching order to arrest all persons suspected to be cultists. We cannot afford to fold our hands and watch our young ones kill them selves in the name of cultism”. Explaining how they were arrested, Commissioner Omojola said that “our men apprehended the first set at Okhoro while they were on retaliatory mission for the death of their member who was killed in Ewutubu area.

We arrested a boy that has injury on his legs, he confessed that Eiye people killed his brother and he must avenge the death of his brother. After we arrested him, we got information that they were gathering in Upper Sakpoba to launch another attack. It is a serious situation. The Black Axe said they woke up to see one of their members killed by Eiye people, but what ever the situation might be no body has a right to take ones life”.

The commissioner insisted that from the records of the police, Olotu was arrested twice last year for the same offence and he was the head of the Black Axe in the state. However, Olutu during an interview with journalists denied being the head of the Black Axe, saying he was innocent of the allegation leveled against him. “I went to site to supervise a project and it was when I was coming back in the night that the police arrested me. I don’t know any thing about the killings”, he said.

The Police Commissioner lamented that the Command lacked the wherewithal to tackle cultists in the state, saying “though the Federal Government is doing its best but there are areas that still need improvement. The Command will do far better with more logistics. At the moment, the command is faced with acute shortage of patrol vehicles and other vital logistics. There is no divisional operational department that has more than one serveable vehicle.
Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for instance, which hitherto had instilled fear into criminals hardly can boast of two operational vehicles and this has hampered the activities of the department” he stated. Also commenting on the situation, the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Peter Ogboi, said the command had been able to infiltrate the ranks of the cults.

According to him, “you know that their activities are hidden so you find it difficult to know when they will strike and when they go out to kill they are very secretive. But you can see since we made the arrest no more killings because we picked their leaders who are causing this problem. We have used our intelligence to infiltrate their ranks”. On Oluto’s denial, Ogboi said he can decide to deny to journalists but not to the police. He has been on our wanted list as a dare devil cultist in this state and we know. We are not surprised that he is denying but we know that he is their head as confessed by the members we arrested. We have taken thirty of them to court for prosecution”.

The cause of the war remains unclear, but one account says it was caused by the sharing formula for the money given them by politicians during the recent primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). It was gathered the cultists were recruited as thugs by politicians during the primaries.

Vanguard learnt that fighting broke out when they were sharing the money and a member of one of the groups shot a member of the other group. The first sword was drawn at Evbotubu and within 48 hours fighting had spread to other parts of Benin before the Police stopped it.

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These anti-Edo political organizations you folks went to join are the most anti-African - and Africans - in the world.

They're worse than anything; we obviously can't stop you though, even Ewuare II's manifest destiny lies in our own regional party.

We have egba Omo Oduduwa and so on, NPC, AG, the forerunner of them all NCNC and then now these cancers of today.

Stay "with them", but register for your most important election first: your local election, register Edo Political Front, and if you don't, vote the front.

No self respecting Edo will - in the future - find themselves the flag bearers and cheerleaders of foreign parties with indirect rule political and economic mandates, it just doesn't work.

No sane Edo person lives to "have the ear" of someone who doesn't have Edo at their heart.

The Supreme Court is the place to remove the frustration of these lethargic and "periodic" additions to the voting rolls; here - where I live - you can fill in the forms regarding changing your voter registration at the post office and other easy access places.

At the rate things are going we're going to find ourselves truly in decline as our populations suffer from simple things like protein deficiencies in children

" - Reggie Akpata

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