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Seven Killed, One Injured As Rival Cult Groups Clash In Lagos

About seven persons have been killed, following a violent clash between two rival cult groups in Ijede, Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
Bala Elkana, the police spokesperson in the state, who confirmed the incident on Wednesday, said the groups; KK and Eiye Confraternities, were involved in the clash, which according to him, began on Monday.

Elkana said the command immediately responded and arrested 10 suspects.

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He explained that the fracas, leading to deaths, started when argument ensued between two members of the cult groups, while one of them was stabbed.

The police spokesperson disclosed that the gang whose member was stabbed, believed one of them had died and launched a retaliatory attack on members of the rival group.

He said the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumisu, immediately called for an emergency meeting and summoned the Area Commander, DPOs and the tactical commanders of the area the incident occurred.

Elkana said Odumosu also deployed the Special Strike Force to arrest the miscreants and deal with the situation.

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He recalled that a programme had earlier been organised for cult members to renounce their membership, “so the CP is determined to deal with the menace in the state”.

Fatiu Salisu, chairman, Ijede Local Council Development Area, while reacting to the development, revealed that the deadly clashes started on January 20, when a man was reportedly stabbed with a bottle and was rushed to Ikorodu General Hospital.

Salisu said that the man was rejected due to the nature of his injuries, and was later referred to a teaching hospital where he was attended to.

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The chairman also confirmed that the situation worsened following the retaliatory attack.

“I was at a meeting in Ikeja when I was called that a boy belonging to ‘Eiye Fraternity’ had been stabbed, and when I came I saw one corpse at the roundabout.

“On that day, two people died, another four were killed in the afternoon of the next day, while another one was killed today, making seven,” he said.

He lauded the security agencies, including the army, for their timely intervention, saying they quickly swung into action, patrolling the hot spots to checkmate activities of the cultists in the community.

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“We have intimate the Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Commissioner of Police on what was going on in the community,” he added.

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