Landlords, residents and business owners in the Agboyi area of Alapere, Lagos State, have been living in fear as three residents have been killed in clashes between suspected cultists.
The victims include a father of three, identified only as Oluwole; a man, identified simply as Labalaba, and a yet-to-be-identified tricycle operator.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the fight between suspected members of the Eiye and Aiye cults had been ongoing for a while in the community.
Our correspondent, who visited Alapere on Thursday, gathered that the cultists usually operated in the day and at night.
An eyewitness, who gave his name only as Ismaila, said no fewer than six suspected cultists allegedly shot and stabbed the tricycle operator to death at Salami Bus-Stop, Agboyi Road, on Tuesday.
He said, “We were in the area when we suddenly heard a loud sound. I thought the tyre of a vehicle burst but when I started seeing people running, I ran and while running to hide somewhere, I heard another gunshot.
“The cultists shot the tricycle operator in the head after he stepped out from where he went to eat around Salamo Street, Agboyi. The incident happened around 6pm when the day was still bright. After they shot the man, they used machetes to cut his body.
“The cultists cut the man’s wrist, put it in a sack and left. From what we observed, they trailed him to the area and didn’t come in a vehicle or motorcycle. After the attack, they walked away from the scene. I saw them leaving and noticed that they used white handkerchiefs to cover their faces.”
PUNCH Metro gathered that after the attack, policemen from the Alapere division stormed the premises to trail the fleeing suspects.
A resident, Chidera, said the police arrested innocent persons.
“The suspects already took advantage of the streets on Agboyi Road and the passages on various streets to escape after they shot the man,” she added.
God!!!! When will all these stop
Oh my God, what a nation
What is this country turning into