Special Adviser on Security to Edo State Governor, Mr. Tony Adun, yesterday raised the alarm over the spate of cult related killings in parts of the state.
Mr. Adun said the worrisome situation has led to the sudden death of not less than 20 persons including men and women in the past two weeks across the city of Benin.
He called on the state government and the state House of Assembly to urgently set up a Task Force against cultism in the state in order to stem the tide, adding, “This senseless killing must stop”.
“I am volunteering myself to help fight these people killing themselves. We must fight this people before they kill everybody in this state. What is happening now is that small boys have gone crazy for nothing, killing and nothing is being done to stop them.”
Mr Adun was referring to the gale of killings occasioned by the reprisal attacks of rival cult groups following the renewed clashes among their membership in the capital city of Benin, since the March 28 and April 11, 2015 general elections.
The killing spree yesterday took a turn for the worse with the killing of two women in lieu of their sons.
Sources say one woman was shot to death at Virginia Street Junction close to Murtala Muhammed Way, Benin, about 8pm when one of the cult groups went in search of a target in the neighbourhood.
The rampaging group of armed cult members were said to have gone to the store belonging to the mother of their target and when the woman could not explain her son’s whereabouts they shot her.
Infuriated, the armed men rushed to the residence of the boy and contrary to the mother’s account found him at home whereupon they also shot him.
In another development, also in the New Benin area, this time by another cult group, some gunmen shot the mother of their target when they could not find his son at home.
Nigerian Pilot reports that this second victim reportedly received shots at close range directly in her two eyes and she died on the spot before the suspected cultists left.
More than 20 persons have so far died in the last three weeks in parts of the state capital following the battle between various cult groups who were active during the polls and appeared idle thereafter.
Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of the state command, DSP Stephen Onwochei when contacted on phone yesterday said some arrests have however been made while several arms were recovered from the suspects.

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