Cult groups hijack #EndSARS protest in Edo | Dailytrust

Cult groups hijack #EndSARS protest in Edo

FILE PHOTO: Protesters set up bonfires on expressway in Benin City
Pic by Usman Bello
FILE PHOTO: Protesters set up bonfires on expressway in Benin City Pic by Usman Bello

Cult groups have hijacked the #EndSARS protest in parts of Benin City, Daily Trust reports.

It was learnt that members of Aiye and Eiye cult groups engaged  in supremacy battle along Okhoro Road, by Oronsanye Junction, shooting and welding dangerous weapons.

A resident of the area told Daily Trust on phone that the cult groups engaged in shooting early in the morning, creating fear in the minds of the people

EndSARS protest in Benin City on Monday leaves expressways free of traffic. Pic by Usman Bello

Expressway in Benin City converted to a football pitch as EndSARS protest clears roads of traffic. Photo by Usman Bello.

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

He said there is apprehension, with people forced to stay indoors, for fear of being attacked by the rival cult groups.

“They attacked people’s homes, shattered window glass and destroyed other things.”

In other parts of the city, the #ENDSARS protest turned violent.

On Benin-Agbor road, a road connecting Edo and Delta states, protesters destroyed street lights and used the metal stands to barricade the road, forcing traders to lock their stores.

The protesters also stormed and locked up a police station in the area.

No casualty has been reported so far.