16th February, 2015
Three persons have been confirmed dead in Ijebu Ode, Ijebu Ode local government area of Ogun state after two cult group engaged in a free for all fight over the largesse of a senatorial candidate in the area.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that during one of the campaign tour of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senatorial candidate for Ogun East, Prince Buruj Kashamu, he gave out some large chunk of money to the boys leading to a brouhaha in the town.
As at the time of filling this report, it is reported that the matter has been worsened even as intensive security meeting is ongoing now at the Obalende Divisional Police station, Ijebu Ode over the matter.
An eyewitness at the scene said: “when Kashamu came to Ijebu Ode for his campaign, he gave them some money and while sharing the money, it was alleged that the Eiye group who claimed to be the mastermind of the money and they must get the large sum while the Aiye group opposed the idea.
“The money was later shared but it ended in a threat war. Sometimes last week, at a naming ceremony of one of them at Adefisan area of Ijebu ode, the Aiye group killed one boy identified as Abass and last night also another Eiye member known as Sunday was killed at Oju ega area, near the Olabisi Onabanjo market, Ita Osu in Ijebu ode.
“Now they have started counting again and if care is not taken, the matter may be worst than what has been happening in the past because we are now in the election period and you would agree with me that most of these boys are thugs of some of these politicians. I want to call on the governor and other security agencies to hurriedly do something about the matter,” the eyewitness said.
Confirming the incident to PM News this morning, the Ijebu Zonal Commandant of the Ogun State Vigilante Service, Mr Marcus Ayankoya disclosed that the matter has been reported at their office and they have forwarded the details to the police headquarters at Igbeba for further action.
Ayankoya said the boys have been terrorising the area in the last few weeks, saying his men and officers from all the six local government areas that comprises the Ijebu zone gave assurance of their readiness to tackle them.
He also disclosed that another boy was killed early this morning at Imaweje town in Odogbolu local government area of the State.
Ayankoya said the corpse has been deposited at the mortuary of the General hospital, Omo-Owo, Ijebu Ode.
Information gathered was that the boy was a member of the Aiye group.
One of the security officials confirmed that the police and the Vigilante Service will from today begin daily joint patrol across Ijebuland to flush out bad eggs from their society.
The source disclosed that the security report at their disposal as revealed that all the black spots in the areas will be flushed during the joint patrol exercise.