10th December, 2010
Residents of Akala area in Mushin, where a battle for supremacy has been going onÂ between rival cult groups, have said that the incident that led to the killing of 9Â year old primary school pupil, Aminat Oladepo did not take place in Akala.
According to the residents who pleaded that their names should not be mentioned forÂ fear of reprisal attack, the incident in question took place along the railway lineÂ in the Fadeyi axis where cult members were engaged in a gun battle.
They said it was important for them to correct the impression that Akala area wasÂ still notorious, as the residents have now joined others in the neighbourhood toÂ form an alliance to keep the cultists out of their area.
One of the residents said: â€œThat incident never took place in here in Akala. TheyÂ are just trying to give us a bad name so that they can come back to victimize andÂ intimidate people who live in this area.â€
â€œWe have started mobilizing to protect ourselves from these cult boys. We are theÂ ones that suffer when they fight, so we are taking our fate into our hands by sayingÂ no to their constant harassment, intimidation and killing.â€ Another said.
The residents appealed to the state government to once and for all find a lastingÂ solution to the Mushin gang war as innocent people in the area live in fear.