Residents of the ancient city of Benin have resorted to self-help by forming vigilante groups and neighbourhood watches to protect their lives and properties from cultists and other criminal elements that are holding the city by the jugular.
Benin City and the adjourning communities have in the last three weeks been under the siege of armed rival cult groups and robbers, who have killed no fewer than 38 people in different parts of the city, with Upper Sokponba being the epicentre of the bloodletting.
Besides the inter cult war, the upsurge in the cases of carjacking and armed robbery in the state capital has thrown a lot of the residents into panic, with social life declining.
Late Sunday evening, two suspected cult members were killed at Urohra Junction and Pipeline Junction at Eyaen, an outskirt of Benin.
The security breach took a turn for the worse following the hijack of the recent peaceful #EndSARS protest by hoodlums, who burnt down seven police stations in the city, looted the arms and ammunition in the stations just as they broke into the two Correctional Centres at Sapele Road and Oko, where 1,993 inmates, including 120 condemned criminals were released.
News Hub Mag! gathered that the worsening security situation has forced residents in parts of Benin City to resort to self-help by constituting themselves into vigilante groups to secure their lives and property while jungle justice was also applied when suspected armed robbers caught were lynched on Sokponba Road and Omoruyi Street by Sapele Road.
At Amagba, one of the satellite towns near Benin, the young men in the area have resorted to community policing, conducting stop and search on all persons and vehicles going and coming out of the community.