Lagos: Rival Cultists Clash Claims 36-Year-Old Man’s Life

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Rival cult groups’ clash in Adaripon Ipage Compound, Badagry, Lagos State, has left a 36-year-old man dead.

The death of the victim, popularly called  ‘Baba Ibeji, is the third in Badagry within five days, resulting from clashes between rival cult groups.

A source in Badagry revealed that the victim was hit by bullets in the chest and mouth, around 11.00a.m. on Monday, adding that the perpetrators disappeared into thin air after the incident.

Said the source: “However, seeing that the victim was still struggling on the floor after their disappearance, the residents came to his aid by rushing him to General Hospital in Badagry.

“He was, however, confirmed dead after a short medical attention”.

Another source said that the victim was not the target of the group, pointing out that the group was looking for his younger brother who allegedly belonged to Aiye Confraternity.

Informed he: “They came looking for him on May 11, but could not find him at home. They met his 59-year-old father at home and stabbed him at the back of his head to show his son as a sign that they came.

“Unfortunately, when they came back on Monday, he was not around, so, they had to kill his brother instead”.

He said that the Police in Badagry had launched patrol of the area, adding that no arrest was made so far.

Dr. Olatunde Bakare, Medical Director, General Hospital, Badagry, confirmed the victim’s death, stating that effort was made to rescue the victim when he was brought to the hospital, but unfortunately, he did not survive.

Bakare condemned cult killings in Badagry and urged parents to warn their wards from following bad gangs.

Mr. Benjamin Hundeyin, spokesman of the Lagos State Command, said the command was aware of the killing, adding that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abiodun Alabi, had put strategy in place to check the activities of cultists in Badagry.

Said Hundeyin: “I expect the people of the town to start feeling the impact any moment from now.

“It is not an instant thing when you are putting strategy in place, it might take a few days for the impact to be felt”.

Two lives have earlier been lost in the past few days to cult clashes in Badagry.

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