It was a shocking weekend to the residents of Imota Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland, as two cultist group Eiye and Aiye were involved in a clash. The clash was said to have led to the death of young men in the community as they were killed in the presence of their parents, leaving at least one boy beheaded during the clash.
The clash was claimed by law enforcement to be a reprisal attack between the two cult groups. The killings started on Friday and between Saturday 28 and Sunday 29, October respectively, the policemen and members of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) had arrested 31 suspected cult members.
A team of Anti-Cultism Unit, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and OP-MESSA were deployed to maintain peace in the community which led to the arrest of 31 suspected cult members.
Mr. John Ojuelegba, the Coordinator of OPC in the community lamented the rate of killings by the various cultist groups saying it is getting out of control. “I was in my house, when the DPO called me about the cultists’ unrest,” he said.
John further stated that “I mobilised my boys and we went to town and we were able to arrest19 on Saturday and 12 on Sunday respectively. They have all been transferred to Anti-Cultist Unit of the State Command.”
The OPC coordinator stressed that he was surprised as Aiye group went to the Eiye group members’ houses and killed them in the presence of their parents at three different locations. He expressed his shock saying “these boys have turned the community into slaughter slab.”
A resident who spoke on the incident said: “Cultists have taken over our community. There is no day we don’t witness related killings in the community.”
However, the step mother of one the victims identified as Tunji, Mrs. Iyabo Adekunle said she was shocked to hear that the boy was a cultist.
Commenting on the incident, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Olarinde Famous- Cole, said it was a clash between two rival cult groups which started since the beginning of this year. He disclosed that the clash culminated in the beheading of a cultist.
He said in a quick response by the Command, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Imota Police Station arrested 14 of the suspects. Famous- Cole further said that an additional suspect had been arrested and moved with others to Anti-Cultist Unit of the command for further investigation.