Cult groups’ clash claims one in Ibadan

Feb 20, 2015   

One person died while another was critically wounded when two cult groups clashed at Agbowo, opposite the University of Ibadan in Ibadan, Oyo State. The clash between ‘Eye Confraternity’ and the ‘Black Axe’ occurred on Wednesday night. Several other people, including passers-bye, were also injured while the sporadic shooting lasted.

Following a ban on cult activities on the University of Ibadan campus a few years ago, cult groups moved out of the institution but periodically operate around Agbowo and its environs.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the incident, saying that one person was killed but could not give the number of those injured.

He, however, said that a leader of the Black Axe, identified as Sunday John, was arrested at a private hospital at Agbowo where he was being treated for the injuries he sustained during the clash. Ajisebutu added that full scale investigation had commenced into the matter and that the arrested suspect had been transferred to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan for treatment under security surveillance.

The PPRO said that immediately investigation was concluded, the matter would be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation. It was gathered that the clash, which started at Agbowo, later spread to adjourning communities, including Ajibode.

Motorists, motorcyclists and commuters plying Mokola-Ojo Road were not left out of the disturbance as some of them were beaten and deprived of their valuables while the sporadic shooting was going on.

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