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Fear Grips Ajah As Cult Groups Clash Over Olumegbon’s Death

After Olumegbon’s death, cult groups engage in gun duel in Ajah

Funsho Akinwale

There was pandemonium on Tuesday night in the Ajah area of Lagos when members of the Aiye and Eiye confraternities engaged each other in a gun battle following the death of the Olumegbon of Lagos, Chief Fatai Olumegbon.

The popular land merchant died on Sunday, March 24, after being hit by a strange illness. Olumegbon was one of the strongest of the Lagos White Cap Chiefs and was also next in line to be enthroned as the Oba of Lagos.

According to the passerby, who witnessed the scenario, Ajah bus stop became battle ground for the rival cults as bullets were flying around all in a bid to gain supremacy after the demise of one their leaders.

He said the area was thrown into a war zone as many ran into their homes and shops to avoid being hit by stray bullets.

He added that the security operatives did not arrive on time to subdue the crossfire that took place for hours.

The affected areas are Oke-Ira, Ado Road, Badore and Total. Other adjourning roads to the community were seized for over three hours before the late arrival of the uniformed men.

Another resident who craved anonymity, while recounting the ordeal, said it was serious war between the rival cult groups just 24 hours after the death of Olumegbon whose palace is just a stone throw from Ajah Bus terminal where the shoot out took place.

He said, “I was returning from work and as I got to Ado Road, around Oke Ira, I heard gunshots. I thought they were coming from one side but before I knew what was happening, bullets were flying everywhere. I had to run to a nearby shop for safety.

Nobody can pinpoint the locations where the gunshots were coming from. People were confused. There were no security personnel anywhere.

“We saw their vans parked at places where they had always been without anybody in them,” he stated.

As at the time of filing this report, the remains of Olumegbon were yet to be buried which many believe is against his religion.