Residents of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital are starting to lose rely of how many individuals have been killed by suspected cultists recently, DAILY POST reviews.
At a time the Governor Dapo Abiodun-led authorities continues to be looking for options to the herdsmen crises in Yewa axis of the state, residents of Abeokuta are in search of options to the incessant cult clashes which have despatched many to early graves.
Apart from those that have been killed within the cult clashes throughout Abeokuta, our correspondent reviews that many have sustained various levels of accidents, even because the incidents proceed without end.
Findings by DAILY POST confirmed that a lot of the clashes have at all times been a results of the supremacy battles between totally different confraternities like Aiye, Eiye and others.
The rival cult teams, it was gathered, had been taking turns to kill each other in retaliation for the deaths of their members.
In locations the place the rivals conflict, locals mentioned they have been at all times seen with weapons, together with weapons, inflicting panic amongst members of the general public.
“In Igbore, each time they begin their clashes, individuals might be working helter-skelter. Merchants could have no alternative apart from to lock up their retailers for security. They combat any time, be it day or evening,” a resident, who recognized herself as Aanu advised DAILY POST.
In In the past Ijesha space of Ijeun Titun, no fewer than 10 individuals have been killed previously few weeks by the rival cult teams, DAILY POST reliably gathered.
On Friday, a lifeless physique was mentioned to have been picked up at In the past Ijesha by the police. The younger man was reportedly shot lifeless, whereas an try was additionally made to chop off his hand by his killers.
The police have made some arrests and the case is being investigated as of the time of submitting this report.
In In the past Oko, Somorin, Obantoko, Lafenwa, Ijaye, Nawarudeen and lots of different locations, the story has remained the identical.
A dependable supply, who pleaded anonymity advised our correspondent that two individuals have been killed at Obantoko just a few days in the past.
The supply disclosed that hardly will an evening cross by with no case of killing within the varied police divisions in Abeokuta.
“In the previous couple of weeks, I don’t assume an evening can cross with no case of cult killing within the varied divisions in Abeokuta. Actually, the Ijaye State Hospital mortuary officers are already uninterested in how police convey corpses each day. Many have been despatched to the good past previously few weeks. We don’t know what is occurring,” the supply confided in our correspondent.
Gov Dapo Abiodun has just lately threatened to cope with criminals in Ogun State, no matter who they’re or the place they arrive from.
“We is not going to condone any act of criminality within the state regardless of who’s concerned. We is not going to enable anyone to disrupt the peace in Ogun State, and anybody who tries to check our resolve to take care of peace in our state could have himself or herself accountable”, the governor had mentioned.
Nevertheless, because the disaster continues unabated, Abeokuta residents complain that the Ogun State Authorities shouldn’t be doing sufficient to safe lives and property.
Locals who spoke to our correspondent did a comparability between Abiodun and his predecessor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, saying the incumbent must be up and doing.
Rahmon Hassan, a dealer at Isale Igbein, Abeokuta mentioned the police haven’t been doing sufficient to stem the tide of cult clashes in Ogun State.
Hassan expressed concern that the ugly growth may unfold to different elements of the state if nothing is finished instantly.
Additionally, a civil servant dwelling in Osiele, Abeokuta, appealed to the police to place efforts in prime gear in direction of stopping cult killings in Abeokuta and your complete Ogun State.
However, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, mentioned it is going to be unfair for anyone to say the police haven’t been doing something to place an finish to cult clashes within the state capital.
In an interview with DAILY POST on Sunday, Oyeyemi mentioned the police have been clamping down on cultists within the state with some suspects in custody.
The police spokesperson additionally revealed that a lot of these arrested have been arraigned earlier than totally different courts within the state.
The PPRO, who mentioned he couldn’t affirm the variety of individuals killed just lately by cultists, blamed residents for failing to offer the police with the required info that would result in the arrest of these disturbing the peace of the society.
“No person will say the police will not be doing something about cult clashes, contemplating the variety of arrests we now have made. These cult clashes are one thing we now have been urging the general public to present us details about. It’s after they begin attacking earlier than individuals will begin calling us that that is what is occurring.
“Now we have been dwelling as much as the expectation on this concern. We’ve made a whole lot of arrests. A lot of them have been prosecuted, some are nonetheless beneath investigation. So, for anyone to say police will not be doing something about it, assume it’s an unfair touch upon their half.
“What number of of them do a follow-up after they make a report back to know whether or not the particular person they reported, we’re investigating him or not? Some will even make a report and after the arrest, they are going to simply abandon the case and transfer away,”
Requested to present the variety of deaths recorded because of cult clashes in Abeokuta a month in the past, Oyeyemi replied that, “there’s no approach I’ll get that knowledge except I get to the workplace and test our data.”