May 23, 2016
A 23-year-old man, Taiwo Martins, popularly known as Is Taiwo, was on Wednesday night killed by suspected members of the Black Axe Confraternity at the Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo State.
Also, some suspected Eiye cult members, on Thursday night, allegedly shot and killed one Babalola Akeeb and Abiola Adedeji, a.k.a Olori Odo, at Agbaje-Ijokodo junction, in what seemed to be a reprisal.
Is Taiwo, who was said to belong to Eiye Confraternity, was reported to have been pursued to a spot called Akere at Apete, close to a drink joint, and was axed on the head and chest until he was dead.
Saturday Tribune learnt that the attackers shot into the air while leaving the scene, abandoning Is Taiwo’s remains and the axe used to kill him.
The gunshots were said to have caused residents and shop owners in the area to flee in different directions. As at the time of this report, the shop owners had yet to return for fear of being invited by the police as witnesses to the incident.
We learnt that the Police at the Apete Division were later informed of the incident and the Divisional Police Officer, SP Godwin Mba, led detectives to the scene to remove the victim’s remains, which had been deposited in the mortuary of the state hospital at Yemetu.
In a reprisal attack on the same night, Eiye cult members reportedly shot and inflicted machete cuts on one Usman, a.k.a. Campus, said to be an Aiye member, before leaving him for the dead.
Although it was learnt that Usman was rushed to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, he could not receive care because of the ongoing strike in the hospital. A source informed Saturday Tribune that Usman’s family had taken him to Lagos State for medical attention.
On Thursday, Akeeb, who was rumoured to be a case of mistaken identity, was shot in the belly, while Adedeji was shot in the chest, given two machete cuts on the head, a source told Saturday Tribune.
The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Sango Division, SP Joyce, reportedly visited the scene after information got to them. Three empty shells and a cutlass were recovered. Is Taiwo’s father, a retired policeman, reportedly showed up at Apete police station on Thursday and said he had nothing to say on the incident.
The father was reported to have expressed shock to learn that charms were discovered around Is Taiwo’s waist when his body was about to be put in the morgue, saying that he brought his children up in the Christian way.
Meanwhile, Saturday Tribune learnt that policemen in the Apete and Sango divisions had been at alert since the incident occurred to forestall an outbreak of cult clash or reprisals while the remains of Olori Odo were buried in the same area on Friday.
Confirming the activities of the suspected cultists, the state Commissioner of Police, Leye Oyebade, said that police patrol teams had been drafted to the trouble spots to forestall reprisals that might snowball into a high-magnitude violence, while efforts were on to arrest those involved in the criminal acts. He harped on the need for families to dedicate time for their children’s care, saying that many youth choose wrong friends and toe wrong paths as a result of peer group influence.