Rival cult clash sets Edo Schools on fire

Rival cult clash sets Edo Schools on fire

Suspected Cultists have set Ihogbe and Oba Akenzua Secondary schools in Benin City on fire, disrupting academic activities for hours. Scores of students have been injured which occurred on Tuesday morning. The suspected Cultists wielded knifes, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons, and maimed everyone in sight.  Teachers and Principals of the Schools scamper for safety

Suspected Cultists have set Ihogbe and Oba Akenzua Secondary schools in Benin City on fire, disrupting academic activities for hours.

Scores of students have been injured which occurred on Tuesday morning.

The suspected Cultists wielded knifes, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons, and maimed everyone in sight. 

Teachers and Principals of the Schools scamper for safety while other staff scaled the 10 feet perimeter fences in the schools.

Ihogbe and Oba Akenzua Secondary schools are on the same side of ICE road on Wire road in Benin City.

Witnesses said the suspected cultists were heading for a target in the area some students who are members of junior rival cult group started throwing stones at them.

The witnesses said the cultists stormed the school and started inflicting injuries on students.

Reports said one of the students was said to have been seriously injured and was taken to the hospital.

There was heavy security presence as at the time our Correspondent visited the school.

Two of the suspected attackers that were arrested by the police were crying, insisting that they were innocent.

A resident in the area said activities of cult related attacks have been on the rise in recent times.

Edo State Commissioner for Education, Mr, Emmanuel Agbale, said no student was killed during the attack.

Agbale said policemen were quickly deployed to the area and the cultists were chased away.

He said students of both schools have always been engaging in fight.

Agbale assured that security would be beefed up in the area and that plans were on to merge both schools as one.

The Commissioner said the schools would not be shut down due to the attack.

Confirming the report, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSP Chidi Nwanbuzor, admitted that “there was a cult fight between two different cult groups.

He said the fight took place in Akenzua Secondary school premises where two students were injured with matchet cuts by the cultists.

“It was reported that one of the cultists was beaten by a student of Akenzua Secondary school during a fight, as a result, members of his cult invaded the school (Akenzua) with cutlasses and started fighting the school,” he said. 

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