Rival Cult Groups Hijack #EndSARS Protest In Edo, Says Security Agents | Independent Newspapers Nigeria

BENIN – It has been confirmed at the security circles that rival cult groups, have hijacked the #EndSARS protest that went awry on Monday in parts of Be­nin City, the Edo State capital.

This was confirmed by some security agents who pleaded anonymity, saying “al­though no life has been lost, we have to take decisive action to check the situation and put it under control.”

Reports had it that members of Aiye and Eiye cult groups took advantage of the protests to engage themselves along Okhoro road, by Oronsanye junction, shooting sporadical­ly and brandishing dangerous weapons.

A resident of the area who spoke to our correspondent on phone, said gunshots rented the air as early as 5 a.m. on Monday.

The resident, who pleaded anonymity, said the situation in the area was so tensed that people were locked indoors.

According to her, “We began hearing gunshots as early as 5 am. We later gathered that cult­ists were fighting themselves. They turned the protest into violent attacks.

“There is palpable fear and apprehension everywhere here. Everyone is indoors, for fear of being attacked by the rival cult groups.

“They are attacking people’s homes, shatter window panes and destroy other things.”

Reports from other parts of Benin City including the Uselu area also indicated that the pro­test turned violent as suspected cultists hijacked the protest in various areas particularly the Upper Sakponba where two police stations, Ugbekun and Idogbo were set ablaze.

Meanwhile, business ac­tivities have been grounded in Benin city and environs of Edo State as shop owners were com­pelled to lock up their shops while those travelling were also forced to go back to where they were coming from.

Before the 24 hours curfew was announced by state gov­ernment, Schools, offices, mar­kets and other businesses were already shutdown while those who have already left their homes before the various entry and exit points were blocked by the protesters, people could not get vehicles to board back, were made to trek several miles to their homes.

Disc Jockey were stationed at strategic points of the roads by the protesters to entertain themselves while others took to playing football on the high­ways.

Some of the protesters also took to cooking and eating on the major roads.

The protesters were chorus­ing “Buhari must go and a bag of rice is now N 40,000 under Buhari.”

One of the protesters, Mr. Yakubu Jumai, from Zamfara State who spoke in pidgin En­glish said Buhari should resign and that life has become more unbearable under his leader­ship.

“We not see food chop, fuel don de go N 250 now, we want make him comot from there. Na we vote for am. We not want am again make him comot from there,” he said.

Also speaking, Peter God­win, said the youths are no more lazy as he Buhari once described them.

He said it is a pity that af­ter one has graduated from the university, there is no job for him and in order to earn a living, he resorts to the pushing of wheelbarrow, adding that the youths have decided to take their destiny in their own hands by calling for an end to bad leadership in the country.

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