Police arrest six cultists who killed an injured rival in Edo hospital

police arrest six cultists who killed an injured rival in edo hospital
police arrest six cultists who killed an injured rival in edo hospital

Ifidon Victor Akhigbe, a patient who survived an earlier attack by the gang members, was murdered by six members of a violent cult who infiltrated a hospital in Uzabba, Edo State, and killed him.

Under the direction of DCP Olatunji Disu, members of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team (IRT) apprehended the accused.

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Alabi Lucky, Josiah Okon, Agbodion Anthony, Agbodion Victor, Godwin Aikhonria, and Edukpe Ebohon, all from Owan West in Edo State, allegedly also attempted to murder Akhigbe Sunday’s older brother, identified as Akhigbe Sunday.

According to the authorities, on January 7, 2022, the suspects raided the deceased’s residence and attacked him with lethal weapons, including firearms, machetes, and axes.

“The victim, who was left in a pool of blood, was transported to Idonije Hospital, Uzabba for medical assistance, but the thugs tracked down the hospital, overpowered the security guards and nurses on duty, and fatally macheted the victim.

“Additionally, on March 24, 2022, one of the cultists named Godwin attacked the elder brother of the deceased Victor and seriously injured him by stabbing him three times in the stomach with a machete,”

Godwin attempted to murder the deceased while he was coming from a festival in their community in Edo State, according to the deceased’s older brother.

Sunday added that the assault occurred less than three days after his return from Abuja, when he had gone to the police to seek justice for his younger brother’s death.

In his confessional statement to the police, one of the suspects, Josiah Okon, revealed that his gang was responsible for Victor’s death, but claimed that there was a conflict between his gang and that of the deceased over an MP3 player.

Okon, a native of Cross Rivers State who grew up in Edo, asserted that Lucky aka Demon initiated him into the Vickings Confraternity in 2016. He also admitted that Ayo Oni initiated him to stealing.

While discussing the circumstances that led to Victor’s death, the suspect revealed that he lent one of his pals, Sylvester, N3000 (three thousand naira) in 2021 with the promise that N1,000 (one thousand naira) in interest would be paid on the loan.

A police source at the IRT reported to Tribune Online, “When Sylvester returned N4,000, the suspect refused to return the MP3 player and still collected the money from the debtor.”

Sylvester reported the incident to some of his friends, including the late Victor, who mobilized to confront Okon and demand that he return the MP3 player to its owner because he had been repaid.

According to the authorities, Okon, who is a cultist, also reported the incident to his gang, which mobilized and then attacked Victor in his home. They followed him to the hospital, where he was rushed, and then murdered him.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, verified the arrest of the suspects to journalists and praised the IRT operatives for a job well done.

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