Ilorin Cultist attack: Police arrest 4 suspects

Feb 19, 2015

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The renewed clash between members of rival cult groups which started on Saturday in Ilorin, Kwara State, has recorded six causalities.

The cultist groups believed to be Eiye and Aiye confraternities have terrorized Ilorin for about five days, over what sources called battle for supremacy.

Our reporter gathered that ‘the supremacy battle’ started with the killing of a middle-aged man simply identified as Elo at Gambari Area on Saturday afternoon, followed by the death of one Sikiru Salami at Alfa Yahaya area of the metropolis on Sunday night.  Both Elo and Sikiru were alleged to be members of Eiye confraternity.

It was gathered that suspected assailants waylaid their targets before shooting and matcheting them to death before disappearing into thin air.

Their alleged death merchants also hacked another four persons to death on the night of the same day.

It was gathered that they truck at Ogidi-Oloje area whey they allegedly matcheted one Abu, a bakery worker to death, while one Moses, a fresh graduate, who was awaiting NYSC call- up letter was reportedly gunned down at Oko-Erin.

Also, this medium learnt that one Musa and another victim, whose identity could not be ascertained as at the press time, were allegedly hacked down at Oja-Oba and Sabo-Oke respectively.

Speaking to National Pilot, mother of one of the deceased, Alhaja Afusat Isiaka of Kelebe’s compound Alfa Yahaya area, expressed ignorance of her son’s membership of secret cult.

The bereaved mother, who spoke with one of our reporters on Wednesday, said, she warned her late son, Sikiru against cultism.

She said, “I warned him whenever I saw him with strange friends and he kept promising me that he will not join bad gangs because he knew the child of whom he is. I am solely responsible for my children’s upkeep, while I also financed their education since they were kids; my labour is now in vain as my son paid me back with his untimely death, ” she lamented.

Meanwhile, no fewer than four suspected cultists have been arrested by the Kwara State Police Command at different locations within Ilorin metropolis in connection with the killings.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed this in a telephone interview with this medium yesterday.

He said, “Four suspects have been arrested by the police at various locations in the metropolis, after a prompt tip-off from the good people of the state. Our men have mounted surveillance at the nooks and crannies of the state to halt the activities of cultists at the points of their operation”.

The police Image-maker, however, advised parents and guardians to always counsel their children on the danger of being a cultist and guide their children on the type of friends they move with both at home and in school.

He disclosed that the arrested suspected cultists would soon be paraded and would appear in court immediately after the completion of investigations.

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