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    Wednesday, 11 January 2017

    Three hacked to death as cult groups clash in Lagos

    At least three persons have been confirmed dead, while several others sustained various degrees of injuries in two separate clashes between rival cult groups in Lagos State.
    The two incidents occurred on Olorunfunmi Street, Oworonshoki and Muri Ojora Street, Amukoko, respectively.
    A resident of Amukoko told Punch that many people were injured while scampering for safety.
    He said, “It all started with a scuffle between two boys on the street, who belonged to rival cults. About 30 minutes after they were separated, members of the two factions – Eiye Confraternity and Aiye Confratenity – mobilised and started chasing one another with cutlasses. People fell and got injured while trying to run to safety.
    “The chaos stopped after policemen from the Amukoko division arrived at the scene. Three persons were hacked. Two of them, Lekan (Makinde) and one boy called Area, died from the injuries they sustained. One other boy (Emmanuel) was rushed to a hospital for treatment. Around 10pm, they regrouped and clashed again.”
    “This community is volatile and hoodlums foment trouble at will. They are jobless and not ready to work. When responsible persons are engaged in the day, you will find them hanging around, smoking. It is when we are relaxing outside in the evening that they will start their trouble. The two deaths recorded on Saturday were just one of many atrocities they had perpetrated.
    “Once these miscreants are arrested, they should be made to face the law to serve as a deterrent to others.
    “Something has to be done to curb the attacks. Besides, these people live around children, who can easily be influenced negatively,” Tomi said.
    In the Oworonshoki incident, which occurred on Saturday, it was gathered that the timely intervention of the operatives attached to the anti-crime patrol team of the Oworonshoki Police Station curbed the situation.
    A source said, “The distress call was received around 10pm that some suspected cult members were fighting on Olorunfunmi Street. A police team led by the divisional police station, raced to the scene. On getting there, one man, identified as Bayo Morebise, was found lying dead on the floor.”
    The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed Morebise’s killing, saying the case was under investigation.
    “The Amukoko case was also a cult clash. One person died, while a suspect, 32-year-old Ndubuisi Afam, was arrested and the case transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for further investigation,” she added.

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