Two rival cult groups clashed in Sabo (Ibie Iyakpe village) near Auchi polytechnic, Edo State, killing at least seven persons. The prolonged fight began last week Wednesday between the Aye and Jurist confraternity groups, over some undisclosed issues.
Four persons were murdered at Iyakpi, while one was killed in Auchi, the headquarters of Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State between Thursday and Sunday.
Sikiru Jeliu and Irale Obas were killed on Sunday night at different locations in the area, both recently completed the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC).
Public Relations Officer to Edo state command, DSP Chidi Nwanbuzor, who confirmed the incident, added that 58 suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the gang war.
Nwabuzor, who did not mention the number of casualties, “For now, it is not wise to tell you that the figure is five, six or seven, because we are still gathering information as regards the clash and it could increase within the next one hour. “We have arrested a total of 58 suspects and more are still being searched for. As soon as we get them, we shall bring them to justice,” Chibuzor said.
Meanwhile, spokesman for the Institution, Mr Mustapha Oshiobugie, in a reaction to a rumour that the institution has been shut over the killings said, except for remedial students, the school was already on vacation.
Oshiobugie, who said the cult killings and violence occurred at Iyakpi, a community in South Ibie near Auchi, added that no student of the institution was involved in the fight.
“A school already on holiday cannot be shutdown. What appears to drive this rumour is a reported violent incident that occurred in Iyakpi, a two kilometres from Auchi.
“Preliminary reports show that no student of the polytechnic is among the reportedly dead,”
he said in a statement
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