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Hotel manager shot dead in the middle of cult clash in Benin

A manager of a popular hotel has been shot dead in the middle of an alleged cult clash in Benin city, Edo State. 

The deceased, Okunkpolor Osatohanmwen Von, 43, was hit by a bullet in his office located in Upper Sokponba area, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state when two cult groups engaged in shoot out in the area reports Daily trust. 

The police operatives attached to Ugbekun Division were unable to apprehend the gunmen as they fled the scene swiftly.

The Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) paid a condolence visit to the widow of the deceased, Anita Otasowie Okunkpolor, who works with a community newspaper in the state.

According to the elder sister of the widow, Stella Maikudi, said her sister was informed of her husband’s death via an anonymous caller.

When contacted, the police spokesman, DSP Chidi Nwanbuzor said the deceased was killed during a fight between two rival cult groups (Aye and Eiye) at the premises of the hotel located at Erediauwa Street, Upper Sokponba area on  February 17.

“Two rival groups (Black Axe aka Aye and Eiye) engaged themselves in a shoot out at the premises of the hotel. The manager, was hit by a bullet and unfortunately, he died”, he said.

He said the police was on top of the situation.

Meanwhile, the NUJ chairman, Roland Osakue has called for an independent inquiry into the alleged murder.

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