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- killings suspected to be a newed cult related
A Volkswagen mechanic has been shot dead in Benin city by some gunmen suspected to be members of a secret cult group.
Standard Gazette gathered that gun-wielding men who stormed the mechanic shop at about 6 pm on Wednesday 30 December 2020 first shot sporadically into the air to scare residents before firing their target at close range.
The deceased identified as Emmanuel Michael was attending to his customers in his mechanic workshop located at Osasogie street, off Oguola/Artilerry road in Benin city when the gunmen arrived.
Upon noticing that he was their target, the assailants immediately went straight to the said Emmanuel Michael and fired several gunshots into his head, killing him on the spot.
The gunmen later went berserk in the area as they were said to have engaged in a manhunt looking for more persons to kill.
The situation forced the residents to flee the area while owners of shops quickly locked up and fled.
It took the intervention of the Edo State Joint Security Team to restore normalcy in the area.
But as at press time, Oguola street, Eghosa and Osasogie streets were like ghost hunted areas when Standard Gazette correspondent visited.
Most vehicles coming to the area were diverted to avoid stray bullets.
More security officials have been drafted to the area to ensure peace.
Standard Gazette had reported that a furniture maker was on Tuesday afternoon shot dead by some unknown gunmen at Okabere road in Upper Sakponba area of Benin city.
Same Tuesday evening, a middle-aged man was shot dead by some persons suspected to be members of a secret cult group in Aragua street, off Wire road in Benin city.
The various killings suggest a renewed secret cult clash in Benin city, Edo state Nigeria.