BREAKING: Mayhem in Edo LG as vigilante, cult clash

BREAKING: Mayhem in Edo LG as vigilante, cult clash

Residents of Fugar in Etsako Local Government Area of Edo State are in distress over a bloody clash between local vigilante and suspected cultists. Saturday afternoon mayhem was said to have left many persons injured while four vehicles, a residential building belonging to a member of the vigilante was burnt during the brawl. Besides, a



Residents of Fugar in Etsako Local Government Area of Edo State are in distress over a bloody clash between local vigilante and suspected cultists.

Saturday afternoon mayhem was said to have left many persons injured while four vehicles, a residential building belonging to a member of the vigilante was burnt during the brawl.

Besides, a mechanic workshop was also not spared by the suspected arsonists which set the villagers in a mourning mode.

Witnesses said trouble started when some boys were escorting the funeral procession of one of their age group members.

The witness who preferred to be anonymous, said a disagreement between the vigilante and the cult group over items that were met for their age group Celebrations led to the clash.

According to him, “by tradition, when the father of an age group dies, the group is required to perform certain rites and give the children of the deceased some items, including a goat”.

“But on this occasion, the age group started killing every goat in sight and forcefully seized people’s property, including big cooking pots”.

It was gathered that the Fugar vigilance members reportedly intercepted the men and retrieved the items they were said to have forcefully collected from the people.

It was learnt that the insistence by members age group who demanded the return of all the seized items from them for the funeral rites, made tempers to flare uncontrollably before the bloodbath.

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Irked by the unrest, a member of the age group suspected to be a member of Vikings cult was subsequently shot in the leg by a vigilante.

In the ensuing arguments, other members of cult group in retaliation, unleashed violence on the Community.

Chairman of the local government, Mr. John Akhigbe, put a distressed call to the military base at Agenebode, to back up policemen earlier drafted from Auchi Command’s headquarters.

Akhigbe said those involved in the destruction of property would be prosecuted.

He said nobody was killed in the fracas though several persons were arrested.

The Nigeria Police Spokesman, Edo Command, Chidi Nwabuzor, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), could not be reached for comments on Sunday night.

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