Three persons suspected to be members of rival cult groups were yesterday slaughtered in Elega and Ago-Odo areas of Abeokuta North Local Government of Ogun State, when the groups clashed in the early hours of yesterday.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that the fracas which started inside the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta, last Friday, climaxed in the killing of the three victims.
It was further gathered that the first victim who was said to be the leader of Eiye Confraternity and identified as Ibrahim Babatunde Alamutu, was shot at by members of Aiye Confraternity but that the bullet didn’t penetrate.
Sources who preferred anonymity confirmed to journalists who visited the scene that Alamutu, 32, popularly referred to as Emir, was attacked immediately after his marriage introduction held at Elega Junction in the area.
The sources also said that Alamutu’s throat was slashed while his esophagus and his left palm was removed from his body and taken away.
In what appeared like a reprisal attack, members of Eiye Confraternity reportedly stormed Ago-Odo around 7.30am where another two victims were also killed.
One of the victims whose name was not ascertained as at time of filing this report was also killed in the same manner with Alamutu while his remains were dragged into nearby Ogun River.
Security operatives, including men of the Department of State Security, DSS, the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, and scores of police officers were led to the scene by the Abeokuta Area Commander, Presley Dodeh, and the Divisional Police Officer of Adatan, Ogunjobi Tolani.
The operatives who drove into the scene in 14 Hilux vans, in company of an Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC, later raided a house belonging to a kingpin of Aiye, and a member of Oodua Peoples Congress, Najimu Sodolamu, where a vehicle was completely razed.
Najimu’s aged father, Musibau Sodolamu, his fourth wife identified as Iya Azeez and his elder sister were arrested.
Two buildings in Sodolamu’s compound and a nearby building were completely razed while no fewer than 10 vehicles were vandalised.
A resident who identified himself as Lateef Koleoso whose Nissan commercial vehicle was also damaged, told our correspondent that about 200 cult members had earlier stormed the area in the late hours of Sunday destroying properties.
Koleoso further explained that the “boys” later came back in the early hours of yesterday in about 20 vehicles and motorbikes shooting sporadically.
Speaking on the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Muyiwa Adejobi confirmed that over 30 suspects had been arrested in connection with the killings.
He said, “Today around 0700Hrs the command was aware of clash between some suspected groups of cultists (and) we moved to the place. When we got there, we found a lifeless body of one Alamutu, 32 years old, that was killed and found in his pool of blood.
“The corpse has been taken to the mortuary; the command immediately swung into action when the commissioner gave a directive that every police outfit in Ogun State should be on its toe, including the PRO’s office.
Meanwhile, the PPRO, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said 84 suspected cultists were arrested in a tick bush in Igbesa, Ado-Odo/Ota, during initiation.
In a separate raid, Adejobi also explained that seven others were also arrested in Ilaro in Yewa South Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of yesterday.

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