Osaze Odemwingie’s hotel manager shot dead in rival cult shootout
Gunmen have killed the manager of a hotel belonging to ex-Nigeria international footballer, Osaze Odemwingie, located at Erediauwa Street, off Upper Sokponba Road, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area, Edo.
The name of the hotel manager killed on Sunday was given as, Osato Okunkpolo. He was married to a journalist, Anita Okunkpolo, who works with a local tabloid in Bénin City.
Sources at the hotel said the gunmen gained access to the hotel at about 9 p.m. and shot Okunkpola dead.
Edo Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, who confirmed the incident, said Okunkpolo was hit by a bullet in a shootout between two rival cult groups.
Nwabuzor said members of Eiye and Aye engaged in a shootout in the area on Sunday night.
“The incident is true. It is true that a murder occurred at Odemwingie Hotel on February 17, 2019.
‘‘The incident was between two secret cult rival groups – the Aye and Eiye cult groups.
“During the process the manager was killed inside the hotel.
“It was not an armed robbery incident. The corpse has been deposited at the Bénin Central Hospital, Mortuary.
“Our detectives are still investigating the incident,” he said.(NAN)