A father of three, Onosaze Inegbedion, was said to have been hacked to death around Upper Sokponba area of Benin City by cultists as a result of clash between members of the Eye confraternity and the Neo-Black Movement of Africa.
The rivalry between members of the cult groups has been raging on for about three weeks now but worsened earlier this week which has claimed 13 lives.
A source at New Benin area who confided in PM News, said, "I think what we are witnessing now is a supremacy battle between these elements, and you know because most of this people belong to rival cult groups; they tend to always want to lord over each other."
The State Police Command spokesman, DSP Joseph Edoghiawerhie, who confirmed the killings, however remained silent on whether it was cult related, but noted that the police was on top of the situation.
"We have sent a strong message to the perpetrators to desist from such inhuman acts because our men are fully on ground. They cannot come and rubbish the peaceful coexistence that the people of the state have been enjoying all through the year," Edoghiawerhie said.