6 killed in renewed cult clash in Edo

NEWS DIGEST – Six persons have been killed in a clash between rival cult groups in Ikere-Ekiti, headquarters of Ikere council area of Ekiti State.

The clash started on Saturday when a cult suspect Ojuale was shot dead near Ikere City Hall in Odo Oja area of the town.

The Nation newspape gathered that Ojuale, an indigene of the town, came from Port Harcourt on Friday to attend a wedding ceremony before he was killed.

As a result of the development, Ojuale’s group launched a reprisal attack on the gang that killed their man.

Police spokesman Sunday Abutu confirmed the development, appealing for calm among residents.

Abutu said 10 suspects have been arrested in connection with the clash.

Abutu confirmed that six persons died in the skirmishes.

“We have begun serious operations there by combined forces of the men of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian  Army, Amotekun corps and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps,” he said.

There is increased police surveillance in the town.