Nigeria: Tragedy Unfolds in Ogun as Cult Clashes Reignite, Claiming Two Lives in Sagamu
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In a regrettable turn of events, at least two individuals have lost their lives in Sagamu, the headquarters of Sagamu local government area in Ogun State, as cult clashes resumed in the early hours of Saturday.
Reports indicate that the cultists reignited their ongoing supremacy battle on Friday night, resulting in the shooting of two individuals in the Latawa area of Sagamu. The sound of gunshots reverberated through the town in the early hours of Saturday, marking the resumption of this disturbing pattern of violence.
This resurgence of cult-related clashes brings to mind a previous incident in September, where over 20 lives were lost during clashes between members of the Eiye and Aiye confraternities. Tragically, three innocent schoolboys were among the casualties.
In response to these recurring incidents, the police, Department of State Services, and the Ogun State Government had taken collaborative measures to curb the rising violence. Despite these efforts, the recent clash underscores the persistent challenge of cult-related violence in the region.
Omolola Odutola, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the suspected murder incident in Sagamu. She shared details from the Sagamu Divisional Police Officer, who reported intercepting information about a shooting incident during a vehicular patrol. The unidentified gunmen on motorcycles had allegedly shot and killed a young man, whose identity remains unknown.
Upon reaching the scene, the police discovered the deceased lying in a pool of blood with bullet wounds on the neck, stomach, and hand. Three expended cartridges were found at the crime scene. The body has since been transported to a nearby morgue, accompanied by the discovery of two large cowries.
Confirming the incident, Odutola stated that the State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, has personally arrived in Sagamu to oversee an open investigation into this tragic killing. The community, once again grappling with the impact of cult-related violence, awaits justice and concrete actions to address the root causes of these clashes.