JUST IN; 20 people feared dead as cult groups clash in supremacy battle
As suspected cultists of Eiye and Aiye confraternities resumed their supremacy battle in Sagamu, Ogun State on Saturday, no fewer than 20 people were killed during the clash.
According to DAILY POST, part of the 20 people killed by the cultists were secondary school students.
In gory videos and photos shared online by residents, some of the victims of the attacks were seen lying in the pool of their blood, with one of their hands cut off by their assailants.
The Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, has reacted to the cult killings in Sagamu.
Adejobi, on his X handle, said the situation in Sagamu goes beyond the deployment of an anti-cultism squad only, saying all hands must be on deck.
“Sagamu case goes beyond the mere anti cultism squad. The elders know how to handle them. The politicians know what to do. I was in their midst in Sagamu between 2006 and 2008. But no single cult clash before I left in 2008. I worked then with the late Akarigbo, Oba Michael Sonariwo and others,” he said.
The Force PRO added that the Ogun State Commissioner of Police should look inward and take action on the report by some residents that the cultists are well known to security agents.
“I will engage the CP on this. Whoever is dealing with cultists and criminals must not compromise. That person must stand firm, and operate against all odds.”
Adejobi added, “Most of those who cause this wahala (problem) in Sagamu are not even Sagamites. At times, they come from Ijebu Ode or Ago Iwoye to strike and move. In some cases, they come as far as Edo State. It’s a problem that the whole system must tackle, not only the security forces. It requires multi-track diplomacy.
“We will discuss this with the CP and take the necessary steps. In Sagamu, almost every young one is a cultist. Okada riders, artisans, etc. are into cultism even more than students, and I think the whole town and Remoland, in general, should take action on it.
“I think the community should rise up to it. They should have an urgent meeting with the heads of all the quarters in sagamu with the police and vigilante go to address this matter. Sagamites know and understand what I am saying here. I worked in sagamu for almost 2 years.”
The PPRO in Ogun, Omolola Odutola, is yet to reply to inquiries about the incident.