Unknown gunmen have killed a policeman identified as Oisa Monday Ehigie. Late Monday was the police orderly to the Chairman of Ikpoba-Okha local government area, Dr. Eric Osayande. He was shot dead on Saturday night at Nomayo Junction along Upper Sokponba road in Ikpoba-Okha local government. His killings might be connected to the on-going cult war in Bénin City in which several persons have been killed in different parts of the State.
State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosun, who confirmed the killing said he has visited family of the slain policeman. He said efforts were on to arrest the killers. According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the commissioner said the slain officer was killed alongside two members of his cult group. According to him, the slain policeman died while fighting on the side of his cult group against rival cult group.
“Three people were killed in the fight, the police officer and two others. “I have gone to see his family. It is a cult killing and the officer is a cultist,” the CP said.
If you may recall, two persons were reportedly killed, weekend, in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area in a clash between rival cult groups, two other persons were also killed in cults’ clashes around Upper Uwa, Isiemwerho between 1st and 2nd East Circular Road, and at Uwhene Ugbague Road axis of Benin, the state capital.
A medicine store owner along Igbei Street and a generator mechanic were among the dead victims of the cultists’ clash. A combined team of police operatives and the local vigilance group were drafted to the streets to restore law and order, while the streets were deserted and stores closed down. Last Thursday, a technician identified as Godbless Olitan was killed by persons suspected to be cultists near Oliha Market in Benin, after he was reportedly chased by his assailants to a building along Ore-Oghene, where he was eventually killed. Eyewitnesses said the assailants drove a Toyota Camry car.
Vanguard gathered that the deceased had received a call in is family house at 6, Basuaye Street, off Ore-Oghene Street, that a costumer was waiting at his shop near the market. On the Auchi killings, it was gathered that the initial clashes were between members of the Black Axe and Aiye confraternities. But members of another group, identified as Maphites, later joined in the fracas. At press time, the Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Mwabuzor, had not responded to calls.