A supremacy battle between members of the Eiye and Aiye confraternity in Owode and Ibeshe communities, in the Igbogbo Bayeku LCDA of Lagos State, has resulted in the killing of three individuals.
It was gathered that among those killed was a betting agent, simply identified as Segun, who was hit by a stray bullet.
According to findings, the two other individuals, who are suspected cultists, were killed around the F1 bar in the Ebute area of Ikorodu West LCDA last Sunday.
Sources revealed to PUNCH that some residents have fled their homes fearing attacks from the gangs.
One of the source revealed that business activities in the Owode and Ibeshe areas had been grounded due to the cult attacks which has lasted for over one month.
The source said, “What is going on is totally uncalled for, and it is sad that an innocent person, Segun, that I knew very well was killed by a stray bullet shot by these cultists. Two other suspected cultists were killed. One was shot dead adjacent to the F1Bar in Ebute, Ikorodu.
“The clashes between Aiye cultists from Owode and Eiye cultists from Ibeshe have been going on for over a month. What we gathered was that the Eiye cultists killed an Aiye cultist and they have been fighting and killing one another, including innocent residents.
“From 6pm in Owode and Ibeshe, everywhere is deserted; you won’t even see anyone moving from 7pm for their own safety. The situation has got to a stage where the cultists rob hawkers and business persons of their goods at will. Residents have been relocating; I am also planning to relocate my family.”
Also speaking, Rotimi Balogun, a politician, said the Aiye and Eiye cultists were fighting over who would collect tax from truck drivers conveying sand into the community, and land matters.
He said, “At least three people have been killed and the crisis has been going on for four weeks. We have reported the situation to the police, but I don’t think the police station in Ibeshe has the capacity to quell the crisis on ground as they need backup. The atmosphere is charged, everyone is just anticipating because the cultists can start fighting suddenly.”
When contacted the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, promised get back after being briefed.