Four persons were rumoured to have been killed in a supremacy cult battle that broke out yesterday between members of the popular Eiye and Aiye confraternities in the Oworonshoki area of Lagos, close to Oshodi.
According to reports, a suspect has been arrested by the police in relation to the clash. Business owners and residents have expressed their grievances over the lack of security in the community. Some residents complained that the clash had been ongoing since Sunday. It was only on Wednesday that lives were claimed in the battle.
A resident, identified as Balogun Oriowo, reported to newsmen that one of the deceased victims of the clash was a ticket vendor for the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
“The groups have been fighting since Sunday; we don’t know why they were fighting but it was today that they killed people. The death toll is about four now and one of the victims was a ticket vendor for the NURTW,” Balogun said.
“He did not engage in any fight with them, but he was cut to death with a machete while doing his job. His name is Mumin Shobande and he was 32 years old.”
The Spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, Bala Elkana, confirmed the clash. Narrating the incident, he stated that contrary to reports that four people were feared dead, only one person was confirmed dead and was taken to the mortuary.
“The fight was between two rival cults. The clash started around 5.58 am on Salami Street, Oworonshoki, and from our record, only one person was killed. The body has been moved to the mortuary."
"One suspect, Yusuf Adisa, has also been arrested by the operatives of the Oworonshoki Police Station. We are going after the cultists and there is an ongoing operation in the area by the Operation Crush to round up the other suspects. Security has been beefed up in the area with more patrol policemen deployed. So, no cause for alarm; the area is now safe,” Elkana affirmed.