On Thursday 10th September, a violent confrontation by rival cult gangs resulted in the murder of a pregnant woman who was hit by a stray bullet when mayhem was being unleashed on Aleke community in Ikorodu, Lagos State Thursday by the Black Axe and Eiye Cult groups.
According to eye-witness accounts, dozens of suspected cultists invaded Aleke community market around 8pm and started shooting sporadically, killing the woman.
The Baale of Aleke, Adeniyi Okemati, I said the hoodlums had gunned down the mother of two before the arrival of policemen from Imota division.
“I don’t know why they came and be terrorising our people. We want Lagos government to intervene so that we can collectively curb the menace to enable my people sleep with their two eyes closed,” he said.
The Baale urged residents to collaborate with local vigilante teams to curb insecurity in the area.
Brother of the deceased, Babatunde Saliman revealed that he met his sister “at the market lying in a pool of blood; some of her friends who came to the scene said that she was pregnant.”
“Her body has been released by the police and was taken to Ikorodu General Hospital mortuary in preparation to transport her to her home town in Kwara State,” he said.
Mr Saliman called on the police to investigate the killing and ensure the suspects are brought to justice.
Lagos Police PPRO, SP Muyiwa Adejobi confirmed that the cult clash was indeed between Aiye and Eiye confraternities.
He said: “The woman was killed by a stray bullet when the two rival cults of Eiye and Aiye engaged each other in a supremacy battle.
“The Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, has zero tolerance for cultism. Cultism breeds various other crimes wherever they exist.”
He added that policemen have restored normalcy to the area while the matter had been taken to the State Criminal Invesgation Department (SCID) Panti, Lagos.