Business as usual for the NBM in Benin.
Benin City is red once again as cult activities have taken centre stage In the old ancient city. This time around it is the dreaded Black Axe confraternity and Maphite confraternities at loggerheads. Last week a final year student of the University of Benin was gruesomely murdered after writing his final exams.
The Maphite confraternity is known to always come for a reprisal attack to celebrate the anniversaries of its war with adversaries, same time last year the Black Axe confraternity was at war with the deadly Maphite cult group.
In a reprisal attack to the killing of the fresh graduate at Uniben, two cult rival gang members were shot dead in the highbrow GRA axis of Benin City two days ago. After a cult gang member was killed earlier in the day at the Uselu area in Benin City.
The gang member killed at Uselu was a member of the State vigilante network. Also, unconfirmed reports have it that another cult member was shot dead at the Aduwawa axis of the state.
As we speak the score count within the last 72 hrs has risen to about five deaths. Meanwhile, there is a worrisome message circulating on social media that the Manphite confraternity has demanded the heads of 42 Axe men within the next 42 hrs .
According to local sources, this development is very worrisome as both cult groups are notorious for their deadly attacks. Some say the Black Axe confraternity has vowed to secure the GRA neighbourhood of Benin City and would do everything within its powers to maintain its supremacy.
Residents are now leaving with fear as social activities have been restricted in certain areas of Benin City due to the renewed cult clash.
In March 2010, a bloody war between the Black Axe and Maphite Confraternity reportedly claimed over 15 lives in Benin City.