Residents of Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital are starting to lose depend of how many individuals have been killed by suspected cultists these days, DAILY POST reviews.
At a time the Governor Dapo Abiodun-led authorities remains to be searching for options to the herdsmen crises in Yewa axis of the state, residents of Abeokuta are searching for options to the incessant cult clashes which have despatched many to early graves.
Other than 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 endlessly.
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 stated they had been at all times seen with weapons, together with weapons, inflicting panic amongst members of the general public.
“In Igbore, at any time when they begin their clashes, folks might be operating helter-skelter. Merchants can have no selection apart from to lock up their retailers for security. They struggle any time, be it day or evening,” a resident, who recognized herself as Aanu instructed DAILY POST.
In In the past Ijesha space of Ijeun Titun, no fewer than 10 individuals have been killed up to now few weeks by the rival cult teams, DAILY POST reliably gathered.
On Friday, a lifeless physique was stated 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 plenty of different locations, the story has remained the identical.
A dependable supply, who pleaded anonymity instructed our correspondent that two individuals had been killed at Obantoko a couple of days in the past.
The supply disclosed that hardly will an evening move 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 move with no case of cult killing within the varied divisions in Abeokuta. In reality, the Ijaye State Hospital mortuary officers are already bored with how police convey corpses day-after-day. Many have been despatched to the nice past up to now few weeks. We don’t know what is going on,” the supply confided in our correspondent.
Gov Dapo Abiodun has not too long ago threatened to cope with criminals in Ogun State, no matter who they’re or the place they arrive from.
“We won’t condone any act of criminality within the state irrespective of who’s concerned. We won’t permit anyone to disrupt the peace in Ogun State, and anybody who tries to check our resolve to take care of peace in our state can have himself or herself responsible”, the governor had stated.
Nevertheless, because the disaster continues unabated, Abeokuta residents complain that the Ogun State Authorities just isn’t 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 stated the police haven’t been doing sufficient to stem the tide of cult clashes in Ogun State.
Hassan expressed concern that the ugly improvement may unfold to different elements of the state if nothing is completed instantly.
Additionally, a civil servant residing in Osiele, Abeokuta, appealed to the police to place efforts in high gear in direction of stopping cult killings in Abeokuta and the whole Ogun State.
However, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, stated it will likely 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 stated 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 stated he couldn’t verify the variety of individuals killed not too long ago by cultists, blamed residents for failing to supply the police with the required info that might result in the arrest of these disturbing the peace of the society.
“No person will say the police usually are not doing something about cult clashes, contemplating the variety of arrests now we have made. These cult clashes are one thing now we have been urging the general public to present us details about. It’s once they begin attacking earlier than folks will begin calling us that that is what is going on.
“Now we have been residing as much as the expectation on this concern. We’ve made plenty of arrests. A lot of them have been prosecuted, some are nonetheless underneath investigation. So, for anyone to say police usually are not 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 may 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 method I’ll get that information until I get to the workplace and verify our data.”