No fewer than 11 persons have been hacked to death by suspected cult members in Igode and Fakale communities, Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Four persons were also injured, while houses and cars were completely razed in the attack that shook the community for about 10 hours.
It was gathered that the hoodlums, said to be Aye Confraternity members, had gone on the rampage at about 11am on Wednesday to commemorate their anniversary tagged 7/7.
The grand finale of the anniversary was reportedly held on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Emuren, a neighbouring community. Punch reports.
Their targets were said to be members of the Eiye Confraternity, a rival cult.
The heavily armed gunmen, who were masked, shot dead three welders at a junction bordering Emuren and Igode.
The rampaging miscreants reportedly proceeded to the Fakale community, where they opened fire on a crowd watching a football match in a viewing centre, killing seven persons.
It was learnt that one of the deceased, identified simply as Dare, was a member of the Oodua People’s Congress.
Others were identified as Ibukun, Ismaila, Sunday, and a steel rod seller, Dare Olakanmi.
Three of them were said to have been buried.
Four others, who were injured, were said to have been taken to a hospital in Sagamu.
The Coordinator of the OPC in the community, Wole Oladunjo, said, “The fight was between Eiye and Aye confraternities. The Aye members are based in Emuren. The OPC had nothing to do with the fight. But surprisingly, they (Aye members) came here on Wednesday and started shooting sporadically. They killed seven persons in a viewing centre.
“One of the deceased was our member. The others killed were not Eiye members. They were hard working youths. Four persons are still in the hospital receiving treatment. The police picked four corpses and three of them have been buried.
“The policemen, who came that evening, were blaring their sirens from afar and this gave those boys the chance to escape.”
Confirming the development, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, said that the cultists had gone to attack Eiye cult members at Fakale.
He added that the police had restored calm in the area.
Adejobi said, “I am aware of the killings in Fakale community. We got information that some suspected Aye cult members were planning to have a party and they bought a goat. A rival group went to kill the goat and they became annoyed. They killed four persons, who were their targets.
“The Divisional Police Officer, Ogijo division, and the chairman, Sagamu Local Government Area, with some government officials, have visited the community. The police are on the trail of the suspects.”