No fewer than two people reportedly lost their lives in clashes that involved members of two cult groups in Ondo town, Ondo State on Monday night and Tuesday morning.
The deceased were said to be members of the Ayee Confraternity and Eiye Confraternity. Both groups were also said to be engaging each other in bloody fights in recent times in the town.
One of the deceased, who was identified as Olaleye Isiaka was reportedly killed on Monday night while the second victim, whose identity had not been revealed as at the time of filing this report, was shot dead early morning on Tuesday in two separate clashes.
An eyewitness said, “Isiaka is a member of Eye confraternity, in company with some of his friends at a joint located at Akure motor park in the town, when members of the rival group attacked him.
“When the attackers reached the scene, they started shooting indiscriminately, the people around the area had to run helter-skelter for safety. Isiaka too attempted to escape from the scene but he was shot several times. When the shots did not penetrate his body, the attackers later clubbed him to death.”
The Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mr. Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident and said the command had commenced an investigation into the matter.
He said, “We only have the identity of one of the deceased, Isiaka, he is a notorious cultist in the town. He was killed by a rival cult group. The second person was killed this (Tuesday) morning in reprisal by Isiaka’s group to the rival group but we are yet to know his identity.
“The investigation has commenced and efforts are ongoing to arrest the perpetrators of the dastardly act.”