Nigeria: “Cult Clashes in Ogun State Claim Four Lives, Prompting Arrests as Police Step Up Efforts to Quell Violence”

Nigeria: “Cult Clashes in Ogun State Claim Four Lives, Prompting Arrests as Police Step Up Efforts to Quell Violence”

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

The Ogun State Police Command has provided updates regarding the recent cult clashes in Abeokuta, the state capital, which resulted in the loss of four lives. According to Omolola Odutola, the Police Public Relations Officer of the state command, eleven suspects have been apprehended in connection with the incidents.

The clashes occurred in various parts of Abeokuta on Sunday, claiming the lives of four individuals. One of the victims, identified as Seun Elewode, a member of the Aye cult group, was fatally shot during a confrontation between rival groups in the Adeun area of Lafenwa, Abeokuta. Another casualty was a suspected member of the Buccaneer Confraternity, who was killed in the Akinolugbade area of the town.

Omolola Odutola explained that Seun Elewode, who had recently been released from prison, was attacked and killed at Adeun, Lafenwa, during a shootout at their hideout while celebrating a birthday party. She further stated that a suspected cultist was shot dead in Oshungboye Crescent, Akinolugbade, on February 4th, while another individual sustained gunshot wounds to the chest.

Among those arrested in connection with the incidents are Oluga Abiola, Olamilekan Abiodun, Olarenwaju Michael, Jimoh Okewole, Wasu Tolulope, Abiodun Adeyemi, Muiz Adeyemi, Adebowale Saheed, Adebowale Ayoola, David Oviem, and Adebowale Olayori.

Reports indicate that the clashes began on Thursday when a suspected leader of the Eiye confraternity, known as Dare, was shot dead in front of his house in the Ijeja area of Abeokuta South Local Government Area. Witnesses revealed that Dare, popularly known as Oloba, was targeted by members of the Buccaneer Confraternity.

In addition to Dare’s death, another suspected cultist, Tayo Alora, was reportedly murdered in the Isabo area of the state capital on Sunday morning. Eyewitnesses suggest that Tayo may have been trailed to the location where he was attacked, highlighting the escalating tensions in the area.

The Ogun State Police Command has assured the public that efforts are underway to address the situation and bring the perpetrators to justice. However, concerns have been raised about the need for swift action by the government and security agencies to prevent further escalation of violence in the region.

Meanwhile, similar incidents have been reported in other parts of the country, including Ebonyi State, where three individuals lost their lives in a cult clash in the Oriuzor community, Ezza North Local Government Area. The police have confirmed that two suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident, and efforts are ongoing to maintain peace and security in the affected areas.

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