KUNLE IDOWU, Abeokuta
Two persons were feared killed and many others injured yesterday in a coordinated attack and counter-attack between rival cult groups in four communities, Agodo, Elega, Iberekodo and Adatan, in Abeokuta North Local Government Council of Ogun State.
For over two hours, pandemonium and apprehension enveloped the affected communities with some of the residents who had come out very early for the Monday chores dashing back into their homes for safety as the suspected rival cultists used cutlasses, guns and other dangerous weapons on each other.
At Ago-Odo area, of the theatres of the violent confrontations, 32 years old BabatundeAlamutu lay dead in a pool of his blood while another person was said to been caught down at Elega community.
Senior police officers and operatives of the police special unit including men of the Department of State Security (DSS), men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) and scores of police officers who were led to the troubled communities by the Abeokuta Area Commander, Presley Dodeh and the Divisional Police Officer of Adatan, OgunjobiTolani, had a hectic time restoring normalcy.
The security operatives, who stormed the areas in fourteen Hilux vans beside an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), later raided a house believed to belong to one of the leaders of a cult group and suspected member of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC).
At least three buildings in Sodolamu’s compound were severely vandalised while a dozen vehicles were also damaged during the violence.
The Police Public Relations Officer, OlumuyiwaAdejobi, said that one person, BabatundeAlamutu, was killed in the attack and that his remains have since been evacuated by police to a morgue in Abeokuta, the state capital, while 33 suspected cultists were also arrested in connection with the violence.
Adejobi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), added that 84 suspected cultists were arrested inside a forest in Igbesa Sunday on the verge of carrying out cult related rites while seven others were nabbed in Ilaro town.
According to him, the suspects who have been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ogun State Police Command would be screened to ascertain the particular cult group each of them subscribed to.