16 April 2018

Nigeria: Six Killed in Fresh Ogun OPC, Cult Clash

Abeokuta — Fresh violence yesterday broke out in the sleepy town of Ijebu-Igbo in Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State, as six persons were hacked to death following the death of a young man.

The latest violence, it was gathered, was as a result of the murder of a young man by a cult group.

Barely a week ago, there was a bloody clash between members of a cult group and men of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Ijebu-Igbo in which no fewer than six persons, including a police inspector were killed.

The latest incident was said to have occurred after a hot argument that ensued during a football match at LA Primary School, Oke-Agbo, in Ijebu-Igbo.

It was gathered that the victim, whose identity was yet to be ascertained, was given a hot pursuit before he was hacked to death.

The assailants, suspected to be members of Eiye Confraternity, were said to have fled the scene after hitting their target.

"The incident happened this (Sunday) evening when some youths were playing football on the primary school field. It was during the match that a score of them engaged in a serious argument and before anyone knew what was happening, the whole place was on rampage.

"We had to run for our dear lives. It was later that we got information that one person was killed. The victim suffered deep machete cuts inflicted on him. No one had expected a such killing would occur again, bearing in mind that policemen and other security operatives had been deployed in the town about a week ago," said a source.

When contacted, the state police command Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the killings but said normalcy had been restored in the town.

But he, however, said the police command had deployed additional teams to the town in a bid to apprehend the perpetrators of the fresh violence and curb further loss of lives.

Oyeyemi stated that no suspect had been arrested in connection with the incident.

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