Four people were confirmed on Friday, they died with 10 buildings destroyed in an alleged clash of worship in Afokeplla in the area of the local government of Etsako-East of the state of Edo.
A correspondent for the Nigeria news agency (NAN), who visited the area on Friday, reported that community residents live in fear after the attack and reprisals by members of cult groups.
A resident of the community, Mr. Ahmed Seidu, told the NAN that the killings are due to a misunderstanding between members of rival community worship groups.
“The crisis intensified when one of the leaders of one of the cult groups was shot dead, resulting in a show of force from rival groups.
“Since Monday we live in fear, waiting for the situation to be controlled by security agencies,” Seidu told NAN.
The council chairman, Aremiyau Momoh, who visited the community, confirmed that 10 buildings were burned in the attack on the community.
Momoh said the council imposed a curfew from 8 to 6 am in the community until the situation was under control.
“The cult crisis that began on Monday led to the death of four people and the destruction of 10 buildings in the community.
“The police have begun the investigations and, very soon, those with shortages will be taken to the reserve.
“The community is now deprived of its usual and customary commercial activities, since the residents hide due to fear of retaliatory attacks, while the police are on the ground doing their research.
“As chairman of the council, I imposed a curfew from 8 am to 6 am in the community and all those who have shortages at this time would be arrested and handed over to security agencies.”
However, when NAN contacted Police public relations officer Edo, DSP Chidi Nwanbuzor, on the issue, he said the command was not aware of the situation.
“We do not yet have this report at our command, I will have to contact Okpella’s Divisional Police Officer (DPO) on this development,” he said.