13th October, 2011
At least five persons have reportedly been killed while several others were seriously injured when three cult fraternity groups namely Eiye, Aiye and Lord clashed in Ijebu-Ode in Ijebu-Ode Local Government Area of Ogun State southwest Nigeria.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the clashes started last Friday when some members of Eiye Confraternity were attacked and wounded at a beer joint.
An eyewitnesses told our correspondent that an Aiye member whose identity could not be ascertained was killed at Mokorede Street, Off Italapo area in Ijebu-Ode residents of Adetisan, Mobalufon, Itanrin, Molode and Sabo areas to run for their dear lives midnight last Saturday.
Early morning on Saturday another corpse of a suspected cultist was found at Sabo area around Molode Primary School.
It was learnt that the deceased was identified as a member of Lord Confraternity.
P.M.NEWS gathered that his death angered other members of Lord Confraternity who stormed Sabo Junction area on Monday morning to avenge his killing. They were said to have gone for an okada ticketer but when he was not found, another person identified as his younger brother was killed.
Another boy identified as Yemi was also shot but he managed to escape with the gun shot wounds.
The crises escalated to Ayego area on Monday evening when one boy identified as Tope, son of an Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, stalwart in Ijebu-Ode popularly called â€œFire Fireâ€ was killed in front of Ayegun Mosque in Ijebu-Ode.
A source who pleaded anonymity told P.M.NEWS that the boy was in the Mosque that day waiting for the last prayer, (Isheri). Some boys came and excused him out of the Mosque and shot him dead.
â€œEveryone who heard the gun shots scampered for safety. But the attackers fled through Italapo road. No one could believe he belonged to any of the cult groups.â€
Reprisal attacks led to the death of two persons whose bodies were discovered around Ita Ntebo and Ita Ale Market area. There were identified as members of Eiye group.
The cult members were said to be counting scores of casualties in the cult war and have promised to continue the fight until next Eid-el-Kabir (Ileya) festival.
It was learnt the Eiye group has lost three members, Aiye lost one and the Lord also lost a member.
A police source confirmed the incidents but said security operatives are on top of the situation.
â€”Biodun Onafuye/ Ijebu-Ode