16 dead as Ogun cult killings rise

A total of 16 people have been killed following a new wave of inter-cult clashes in communities in Ogun state. Last Thursday, a local boy known as Tommy was hacked to death at the popular Panseke market in Abeokuta, the state capital. The confrontation, which was reported to be a battle between the Eiye and Aiye cult groups, took on a more dangerous dimension immediately after Tommy was killed. Our correspondent’s findings revealed that before Tommy was killed, six other people had been killed in different parts of Abeokuta. A source, who preferred to remain anonymous, listed those killed in Abeokuta as Scatter, School Boy, Alakanni, Tommy, Azeez, Olaosebikan, Alameda and Babajide. The killings were said to have taken place in different places including Asero, Kugba, Ikereku, Adigbe, Oke Ijeun, Isale Abetu and Panseke where the popular Tommy was killed. Locals say this uninterrupted series of killings hasn’t happened in Ogun state for nearly a decade. Areas of the state capital such as Oluwo, Mercy Road and Mango have become regular sites for violent clashes and killings. Clashes between the Eiye and Aiye cult groups were found to have persisted, lasting for more than a week, following the assassination of key leaders of both groups. Since Tommy was killed, several small business owners have refused to open their shops, especially in the Oluwo, Onikolobo, Mango and Adigbe areas. Tommy was buried in his home in Oluwo in tears on Saturday. On Sunday night, gunfire once again tore through the atmosphere in Panseke as residents and motorists ran for their lives. On Wednesday afternoon, Dare Ojugbele, suspected of being a member of the Eiye cult group, was shot dead by two gunmen in Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area. Abimbola Oyeyemi, a police spokesman in the state, confirmed the attack, adding that the deceased had just been released from the Nigerian Correctional Service. “We are aware of the matter, we have taken over the place and we have initiated a persecution of the criminals.” The fight spreads to Sagamu Before 10:00 am on Monday, at least eight people were reportedly killed in the Sagamu local government area, less than 50 kilometers away from Abeokuta. This happened one day Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, former presidents good luck jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo, among other African leaders and the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, attended a program at the facilities of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, OOPL. Although police said 18 people have been arrested, calm appears not to have been restored in the troubled areas. At 7 am on Monday, the sources said that some youths stormed Sagamu and killed their targets. While police collected the lifeless bodies of some of the victims, others were said to have been taken away by relatives. One resident, who does not want her name published for fear of attack, said Akeem, an electrician, was attacked in the Ajegunle area of ​​Sagamu at around 7am. “Akeem didn’t die right away, but as he was being rushed to hospital, another bike hit them and he fell off the bike. That was how he finally died. His intestines were coming out because they shot him in the stomach.” It was also collected that the Sagamu murders occurred in different places such as Soyindo, Ijagba, Ajegunle and Sabo; all in Sagamu local government. In the meantime, it will be recalled that immediately after Governor Abiodun took office, he had declared a security state of emergency as notable companies and individuals contributed to more robust security in the state. advertisements government efforts On June 11, 2021, Governor Abiodun handed over 55 patrol cars, motorcycles, 200 armored vehicles, 20 helmets and communication equipment to the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, who was on an official visit to the state. At the presentation ceremony, Mr. Abiodun said that the presentation of the security vehicles and devices to the police was another symbolic representation of his administration’s commitment to providing a safe environment for residents. After the Sagamu violence, the governor on Tuesday night, through a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, told all state security chiefs to move to Sagamu. In the statement, the State Police Commissioner, the Commander of the 35th Artillery Brigade, and the Director of the State Security Service (DSS) were specifically mentioned and assigned the responsibility of fishing for the cultists. The governor also ordered security agencies to step up efforts to arrest those responsible for the killings in Abeokuta, the state capital. “Our young people must resist the temptation to fall into cultism and similar vices. This administration has invested heavily in programs and activities designed to equip our youth with the necessary skills and education that could improve their futures, as part of our Building Our Future Together agenda. They must not jeopardize that future by becoming involved in crime. “Parents and guardians must also ensure that their children and wards stay away from crime. “We have zero tolerance for any act that could disturb the peace that we have been enjoying in Ogun State since the beginning of this Administration. We will deal decisively with anyone who tries to disturb that peace.” Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; 16 dead as Ogun cult killings rise