By Kougbe Omobolanle
Two suspected members of Aiye confraternity have denied killing their leader in a power tussle that happened three months ago in Ogun State.
The suspects, Sheriff Afeeri and Owoseni Wasiu, who were arrested on Thursday by operatives of the Zonal Intervention Squad of the Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos, were said to have been involved in the clash during which one of the faction leaders, Niyi, was hacked to death.
Muyiwa Adejobi, the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the arrest.
Wasiu, 26, a member of the ‘youth faction’, although admitted taking part in the violence, he denied killing the deceased.
“I did not kill Niyi. Akube and Heritage did. They hacked him to death with an axe. It was Niyi’s group that came to attack us,” he said.
The second suspect, Afeeri, an OND holder in Insurance from the Polytechnic of Ibadan belonging to the ‘elders faction’ stated that the deceased, Niyi was alleged to have squandered funds belonging to the confraternity, which called for his removal as leader.
“Late Niyi was our leader. New members, referred to as youths, alleged that he was lavishing the confraternity’s money and told him to leave for another person to take over, but he refused. “This led to the clash between the elders and the youth group.” Afeeri said.
Operatives of the Zonal Interventio