Landlords, residents, and business owners in Lagos State’s Agboyi area have been living in fear after three residents were killed in clashes between suspected cultists.
A father of three named Oluwole, a man named Labalaba, and a yet-to-be-identified tricycle operator are among the victims.
NIGERIANWATCH learned that a fight between suspected members of the Eiye and Aiye cults had been going on in the community for some time.
Our correspondent learned from a visit to Alapere on Thursday that the cultists usually operate during the day and at night.
An eyewitness, who only gave his name as Ismaila, said six suspected cultists allegedly shot and stabbed the tricycle operator to death on Tuesday at Salami Bus-Stop on Agboyi Road.
“We were in the area when we suddenly heard a loud sound,” he explained. I thought a vehicle’s tyre had burst, but when I saw people running, I ran, and while running to hide somewhere, I heard another gunshot.
“The cultists shot the tricycle driver in the head after he stepped out of his restaurant on Salamo Street, Agboyi.” The incident occurred around 6 p.m., while the day was still light. They cut the man’s body with machetes after shooting him.
“The cultists severed the man’s wrist, placed it in a sack, and fled.” They followed him to the area and did not arrive in a vehicle or motorcycle, according to what we saw. They walked away from the scene after the attack. When I saw them leave, I noticed they were wearing white handkerchiefs to cover their faces.”
Following the attack, police officers from the Alapere division stormed the premises to pursue the fleeing suspects, according to NIGERIANWATCH.
According to Chidera, a resident, the police arrested innocent people.
“After they shot the man, the suspects already took advantage of the streets on Agboyi Road and the passages on various streets to flee,” she added.
Another resident, Lateef, said that two days before the tricycle operator was killed, another victim, Oluwole, popularly known as Olumba, was shot dead near Aina Obe Junction on Agboyi Road.
“Oluwole was at his wife’s shop on Aina Obe Street when the cultists came around N9pm and shot him,” he explained. I ran inside my house as soon as I heard the gunshot. After a while, I emerged to find his body on Agboyi Road.
“I was among those who helped carry his body away from the road.” He fought for his life after being shot at his wife’s shop, but the cultists overpowered him on the road, I later learned. They cut his body with machetes until he died. His wife was also present at the store. Following the attack, the cultists fled.
“We later dumped his body inside someone’s car.” We went to the police station after the officers arrived. We went to bury him the next day after obtaining the necessary documents. He left behind a wife and three children.”
Aminat, a businesswoman, said cultists shot and killed a man known as Labalaba around 9 p.m. on Saturday in the Osogun area.
“The cultists are mostly killing people in their 40s,” she explained. The cultists shot a man named Labalaba the day before Olumba was killed. I’ll leave this neighborhood when my lease expires because I don’t want to have high blood pressure.
“When the attack happened, I had to hide in a church at one point.” People usually close their stores early because an attack can happen at any time. We want security in our neighborhood.”
SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the state Police Public Relations Officer, said some suspects had been arrested in connection with the killings.
“We are fully aware of cult clashes and killings in the Alapere area,” he said. We are working hard to put an end to this.
“Only two people were killed by gunfire, and suspects have been apprehended.” More suspects are being sought; the operation is ongoing.”