Cult War: Odi-Olowo Residents Task Lagos Govt, Police


Following incessant attacks on innocent people, especially the one that happened  during the last Eid-el-Kabir festival, where one person was reportedly killed and  several others injured, residents of Odiolowo of Odiolowo/Ojuwoye Local Council  Development Area of Lagos State, Nigeria, have appealed to the state government and  police authority to provide adequate security for them.

Those who reside on Oyegunle, Amodu Smith, Alhaji Lasisi, Anu-Oluwapo, Akala and  Adegbite streets as well as some other streets in the area, told Lagos Bulletin that  attempts by the people of the community to resist the activities of hoodlums who do  not reside in the community but have made the place their hideout, have been futile,  as they have turned cultist, attacking the people indiscriminately.

Mr. Olasunkanmi Iyanda, a resident of the area, told Lagos Bulletin that  the  suspected cultists pose as members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) from Ward  A1, who go out to commit all sorts of atrocities, adding that when they stormed the  community, people thought they were part of people but it got to a stage that their  activities could no longer be condoned and that was when the problem started as they  began to harass and extort money from the residents and an attempt to stop them to  be more furious, threatening to kill everybody in the community.

Olasunkanmi also alleged that the suspected cultists are being financed by some  politicians in the area and that, according to him had handicapped the police in  curtailing their activities.

Also, an 80-year old woman, Idowu Opebi, narrated her ordeal in the hands of the  hoodlums, saying “I was in the front of my house when they came in their multitude,  threatening to kill everybody in the community. They dragged me on the ground and  beat me until some youths came to my rescue. In fact, but for the youths, I would  have been dead by now.

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“I appeal to the state government to investigate the matter and bring those involved  to book because we live in fear of being attacked here everyday.”

Another septuagenarian, Madam Iyabo Batula, in her own, said “the Sallah celebration  was about to be hosted my children and grandchildren and just as we were preparing  the meals, we just saw them coming and they were shooting sporadically, attacking  everybody. On the following day, they also came with weapons and petrol, threatening  to burn down our buildings, while they were shooting at people and in the process,  one man, Alimi Shittu, was killed, while several others were wounded.”

Madam Batula said that prior to the attack, the community had petitioned Alakara  Police Station and the Lagos State Police Command, Ikeja, Zone 2 Police Command, the  Inspector General Of Police, Lagos State House Of Assembly and Lagos State  Government over the matter, but the case has remained the same.

When our reporter visited Alakara Police Station on the matter, the Divisional  Police Officer (DPO), was said to be out of office but an officer at the station who  declined to mention his name, confirmed the incident and that it is being  investigated.


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