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Eiye and Black Axe Cult Clashes Claim 30 Lives in Edo State

In Edo State, a tense situation has unfolded as the conflict between the Eiye and Black Axe cults have resulted in the loss of 30 lives. The recent violence claimed the life of a vigilante commander, known as Osagie, in Ekosodin community along the Benin-Ore express road in Ovia Northeast local government area.

This unfortunate incident prompted heightened anxiety within the community, leading security networks and community elders to impose a ban on the traditional December 31 crossover night service, underlining the severity of the situation. The distressing event occurred just a week after another vigilante commander lost his life in Ogiso community, Oredo local government area, on Christmas Eve.

The resurgence of violence can be traced back to December 16, originating from an organized Internet scam’s financial proceeds. A targeted individual had seized the illicit gains, triggering retaliatory actions from hoodlums searching for their target. This escalation resulted in an attack where the target’s mother was reportedly shot.

The reprisal attacks on Christmas Eve further intensified the conflict, initially claiming four lives and subsequently escalating with additional casualties. Police reports indicate the retrieval of deceased bodies from various areas, including Okhoro, Medical Stores, Uwelu, Siloko, and Ebvaeke, illustrating the grim toll of the escalating cult war.

In response to the crisis, a considerable number of arrests have been made among the suspected cult members, according to the State Police spokesperson, SP. Chidi Nwabuzor. Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Dankwara, reiterated the commitment of law enforcement to staunchly combat this surge in crime, emphasizing the imperative of restoring peace and tranquility in the state.

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