by Paul Agada
A conflict between rival cult groups in Ijede Local Council Area of Lagos Mainland has left no fewer than thirteen suspected cultists dead.
It was gathered that there is an ongoing clash between between members of the Eiye and Aiye confraternities, therefore leaving the residents of the affected communities feeling unsafe.
PUNCH Metro reported that suspected cultists use sophisticated weapons in the Luwasa, Igbe and Ijede areas of Ikorodu.
It was learnt that nine of the thirteen deceased cultists were said to have been killed by members of rival groups, while the remaining four were allegedly killed by soldiers, who gave them a hot chase after reportedly burning the family house of the Obateru of Egbin in Ijede, Lagos Mainland.
According to a resident, identified as Bayo Adegbaju, frequent cult clashes were creating panic in the community. He said two of the victims were pupils of a Junior Secondary School in the area, adding that other pupils had abandoned their studies due to the attack on the school premises.
“In December, a cultist, Saheed, was shot in the mouth by rivals, but he was lucky to escape. After his wound healed, he and his gang had a clash with members of the rival group on Monday, January 20, 2020, and two of the cultists were stabbed in the stomach and chest. The victims were rushed to the health centre in Ijede, where they died the following day,” the resident said.