12th May, 2011
Seven suspected members of the dreaded Eiye confraternity have been arrested following the death of a 29-year old student of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) who is believed to be the head of the group.
The seven members of the confraternity, who are currently being detained by the police in Benin after one of them allegedly killed Stephen Obbunkwo, alias (Coach), a 300 level Physics student of the university, include Aigbe Kingsley, 27, Osadebamwon Ogbodu, 26; a 400 level Accounting student of the university and Philip Irene, 29, a second year student of the College of Education, Ekiadolor, Benin City.
Others are Osaze Eweka,26; Kelly Osanyande; Maxwell Bello,28, a UNIBEN drop-out, Victor Odia, said to be in custody of the locally made pistol, double-barrel gun, a battle axe and four live cartridges.
Trouble was said to have started when Obbunkwo refused to share an alleged N1.2 million, given to them during the recent elections for them to maintain peace while the exercise lasted.
The peaceful palace revolution, which was intended to topple Obbunkwoâ€™s reign, according to them, â€œlater turned bloodyâ€ just as they blamed Kingsley Aigbe from Ubiaja in Esan, South-East Local Government Area of Edo state for killing the ex-leader in his rented apartment within the university.
Spokesman for the Edo state Police Command, ASP Peter Ogboi, confirmed the arrest and interrogation of the suspects after they were paraded in the state.
He further disclosed that Victor Odia had been arrested in a hotel room in Lagos in connection with the cult leaderâ€™s death..
ASP Ogboi promised that the suspects would soon be charged to court for murder and allegation of illegal possession of fire-arms as soon as the police completed their investigation into the matter.
â€”Yomi Obaditan/Benin City