In Ovia North-East Local Government Area’s Okhun Community on Thursday night, three personnel of the Edo State Security Network were shot and killed by unknown gunmen.
Over 10 gunmen broke into the neighbourhood and shot the victims who were on duty, according to eyewitnesses.
According to some sources, the horrific incident was related to a dispute over community leadership, while others believed it was a cult retaliation strike.
A member of the ESSN who went by the name “commander Small Baba” and had a cut to his right hand said in a viral video that he narrowly avoided being killed by criminals.
“Today (Thursday night), we got information that some hoodlums were shooting sporadically in Okhun community. We swung into action immediately upon receiving the information.
“But we were attacked by the hoodlums. They killed three of my men in the process. I was also shot by the hoodlums, but I managed to escape,” he said.