The 2016 anniversary for a cult group, Aye Confraternity, in Ogun State, turned to an uncontrollable spilling of blood and tears in Igode and Fakale communities, Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that the hoodlums, had gone on a rampage at about 11am on Wednesday to commemorate their anniversary tagged 7/7, bringing the lives of not less than 11 people to an abrupt end.
Four persons were also injured, while houses and cars were completely destroyed in the attack that left the community terrified for about 10 hours.
The grand finale of the anniversary was said to have held on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Emuren, a neighbouring community and the major targets of the cult group were members of a rival cult, the Eiye Confraternity.
The cultists who were about 25 in number, came from Emuren, heavily armed with their guns and cutlasses, with their faces covered in masks. They shot and killed three welders who were on their way back from work, at a junction bordering Emuren and Igode and moved on 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 while 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.”
The community head of Igode community, Chief Rafiu Disu, spoke about the incident saying:
“I was in the palace on Wednesday morning when I saw about 25 men on motorcycles armed with guns and cutlasses passing through our community to Fakale. While they were coming back in the evening, they started shooting and chasing people. They chased Otamali to his apartment. He shut the door, but they broke in. They shot and stabbed him to death.
“They also destroyed a car and shattered glass windows. For over 25 years that I have been living in this community, I have never witnessed such. We could not sleep throughout the night. A lot of people have packed out in fear.”
He therefore called on the government to intervene and restore peace to the two affected communities.
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.