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Five Die In Osun Rival Cult Clash


By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

At least five persons have reportedly been killed during clashes between two rival cult groups and suspected land grabbers in Ilesa, Osun State.

It was also gathered that other seven persons sustained severe injuries during the mayhem.

The fight was said to have started on Friday afternoon after some youths suspected to be cultists stormed a new building that was being roofed at Omi-Tuntun area of Ilesa and demanded for money from the workers at the site.

It was further gathered that the hoodlums who also operate as land grabbers, were resisted from extorting workers on the site by some suspected cultists said to be relations of the house owner.

A clash broke out and a suspected cultist was overpowered, dragged to the bush and hacked to death by the gang that was protecting the new building.

The hoodlums were said to have regrouped at night and revenged the death of their colleague.

They stormed Ijoka area of Ilesa and killed another suspected cultist.

Sources disclosed that, in the melee, an innocent woman was shot dead by the warring suspected cultists on Friday night.

The rampaging youths resumed their hostilities on Saturday and ended up killing two innocent residents.

According to an eyewitness, the three innocent persons that lost their lives were, a woman going to a vigil, a trader at Sabo where the incident happened and a middle-aged man who came from Ilerin-Ijesha.

Some residents have appealed to the state Commissioner of Police, Olawale Olokode to find a lasting solution to the problem of ‘Omo Onile’ and cultists in the area and the state in general.

Confirming the incident, police spokesperson, Yemisi Opalola disclosed that the commissioner of Police has paid a visit to the troubled zone and that normalcy has been restored.

Opalola said that the perpetrators of the act would be fished out and made to face the full wrath of the law.

But she declined to confirm whether any arrest had been made.



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