Suspected rival cult gangs have killed three persons and cut off the victims’ left hands in the Ijoko community in the Ota area of Ogun State.
In their attack on Saturday, the assailants allegedly dumped the victims’ remains in an abandoned building, a criminal hideout, within their community.
The incident was believed to be the aftermath of a renewed rival cult gang clash that happened barely after one month of bloodbath in Sagamu, which claimed eight lives.
Two of the deceased, who were also alleged to be members of the Eiye Confraternity, have been identified as Memory and Rilwan.
Confirming the incident in a statement, the Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Omolola Odutola, revealed that a community leader in the Abibatun Toronbi community reported the incident to the police in Ijoko.
“The policemen who arrived at the scene observed that the deceased left hands were cut off,” she said. “Two were identified as Alias Memory and one Rilwan, a suspected cultist of the Eiye Confraternity group who has been on the police lookout for several crimes.”
Ms Odutola said the police had deposited the corpses at the morgue for investigation, as the officers closely monitor the area.
“The police have initiated a thorough investigation into the killings with the assistance of local informants. This led to the identification of the number one Eiye Confraternity as members of a rival cult group, the Eiye Confraternity.
“Efforts are ongoing to gather more information about the activities of these cult groups and their connections to other criminal acts in the area. The police are committed to bringing all perpetrators involved in cultism and related crimes to justice, ensuring the safety and security of the community,” she noted.