How cult war claimed three lives in Ogun

By Andrew Utulu  / Correspondent, Lagos.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Cultism and cult activities are fast becoming a big threat to the citizens of Nigeria. In various higher institutions of learning, parents would not have rest of mind while their wards are in schools until they complete their education. This is because of cult activities in schools, which have left many students dead. Others have been maimed and deformed despite the fortunes spent by their parents to ensure a brighter future for them.

Ironically, cult activities in recent time have extended to secondary school students as well as artisans and street urchins popularly known as area boys.

Last month in Ogun State, luck ran out on three persons who allegedly participated in cult clashes that led to the death of three victims. They are currently being quizzed at the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Ogun State Police Command headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta.

The detectives are probing the gruesome murder of three persons on Sunday, October 5, 2014, in Okesopen Area of Ijebu-Igbo, in Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state. The incident, it was gathered, happened during violent clashes between two rival cult groups, the Eiye Confraternity and Black Axe (Aye), in two separate locations.

Saturday Independent gathered that in the location, trouble started at about 2:30a.m on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at a birthday party held at Alake Area, Okesopen, Ijebu-Igbo when two young men were quarrelling over a secondary school girl during which guns, bottles, cutlasses, charms and other dangerous weapons were freely used..

“Members of the two warring cult groups resorted to shooting sporadically and if not for the timely intervention of our officers and men, who raced to the scene, the situation would have gone out of control,” a police sergeant said.

One of the arrested suspects, Ahmed Akinsehindemi, 23, claimed that the clash was over a secondary school girl.

The suspect, a vulcanizer, who confessed to being a cult member, but refused to disclose his cult group, said the birthday bash actually took place at Orita Idogi where he and his friend, Tope (now at large) attended.

He said it was his friend, Tope, and another young man, who began fighting over a girl, identified as Biola, a student of Beje High School, Okesopen, Ijebu-Igbo.

“I didn’t engage in the fight, but I was making peace. In the process of trying to make peace, I was given a mark in my right palm and arrested when policemen were called in. The fight was between my friend, Tope, an attendant at Mosafuneto Hotel, Okesopen, Ijebu-Igbo and his rival. The genesis of the clash was the rivalry between the two young men over who is the real boyfriend of Biola. The fight culminated in the sporadic shootings,” said the 23-year-old suspect.

Another suspect, Sodiq Abolaji, said he was arrested over a violent clash during Aleke Carnival in front of Oba Palace, Okeagbo, Ijebu-Igbo.

Sodiq, a bricklayer, said he and his friend, Lekan Ajayi, had gone to watch the annual carnival on Saturday, October 4, 2014 night, when violence broke out at about 4:30a.m on Sunday morning.

“There was serious exchange of gunfire, I rode the motorcycle and I had to call my friend, Lekan Ajayi, to let us run for our dear lives. We had almost escaped when we ran into a detachment of armed soldiers and members of Ogun State Vigilance Service.

“When they searched us they found a short cutlass that I hid inside the engine of the motorcycle. We were then arrested and handed over to the police,” said the 21-year-old suspect.

When he was asked why he had the short cutlass on him, he retorted: “It was for self-defence. I felt unsafe within the town because of attacks going on here and there. In the past, we have been attacked. It was when the heat of the attack at the carnival was too much that we took to our heels. Three persons had already given up the ghost. Before we sensed further danger ahead and we took off the flight,” said the 21-year-old suspect.

Ajayi corroborated the confessions of his friend, Abolaji, saying; “Members of the other group started the clash by attacking our own people at the carnival. The carnival started off on a peaceful note, before members of the other group felt they could enthrone their supremacy over what was expected to be a peaceful carnival. It was in the process of resisting their domineering tendency that the fracas ensued during which guns, cutlasses, bottles and other dangerous weapons were freely used. We only missed death by a whisker,” said Sodiq.

A police source hinted that the duo, Akindehinsimi and Ajayi were notorious members of one of the cult groups, which have been giving residents of the town sleepless nights.

According to the source, “They know themselves, as they are trying to hide the identity of their cult group.”

Investigations have just begun and they will soon tell us which of the groups, whether Eiye Confraternity or Black Axe (Aye) they belong. In the last three months, we have been battling with the menace and unwholesome activities of these cult groups, which have terrorised both Ijebu-Ode and Ijebu-Igbo. They know themselves.

Reacting to the arrest of the three suspects, Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Mr. Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a press statement, restated Ogun State Police Command’s commitment and determination to tackle cult activities in the state.

According to Adejobi (DSP), Ogun State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Ikemefuna Okoye, while addressing senior officers  of the command at his Eleweran, Abeokuta office, made reference to general security in the state, with specific focus on Ijebu-Ode and Ijebu-Igbo axis where the command had recorded some killings among cult members.

“Dangerous weapons recovered from the groups include cutlasses, pairs of scissors, two guns, expended and live cartridges and assorted charms.

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of the command at his Eleweran, Abeokuta office, made reference to general security in the state, with specific focus on Ijebu-Ode and Ijebu-Igbo axis where the command had recorded some killings among cult members.

“Dangerous weapons recovered from the groups include cutlasses, pairs of scissors, two guns, expended and live cartridges and assorted charms.

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