Frat Wars Cult clashes leave 3 dead, property worth millions of naira destroyed

Two rival cult groups clashed, leading to three deaths, including on of a new newly wedded man.

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Chaos erupted in a few places in Abeokuta, including  Iberekodo, Ago-Odo, Elega and Adatan yesterday, when two rival cult groups clashed, leading to three deaths, including on of a new newly wedded man.

The three-hour long clashes began around 7am, making residents and shop owners hurriedly close their doors and stayed in-doors for hours till normalcy returned to the areas, Vanguard reports.

The clash which had earlier erupted at the drinking bar inside the Moshood Abiola Stadium left three dead when the dust a settled.

Reports say the cultists who wore masks during the clash, severed the right palm of one Babatunde Alamutu and went away with the limb after they had mutilated the body and slashed his throat.

Investigations revealed that Alamutu was a leader of Eiye Confraternity, who was reported to have shot at a member of Aiye Confraternity.

However, the bullet did not penetrate the target.

Alamutu, who was popularly known as Emir, was reportedly attacked immediately after his wedding introduction held at Elega Junction in the area.

Reprisal attacks came from members of Eiye Confraternity, who stormed Ago-Odo around 7.30a.m. and reportedly killed two other persons.

One of the victims, whose name could not be ascertained at press time, was also killed in the same manner as Alamutu, while his remains was reportedly thrown into nearby Ogun River.

Security operatives, including men of the Department of State Services, DSS; men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and scores of policemen, were led to the scene by Abeokuta Area Commander, Presley Dodeh, and the Divisional Police Officer of Adatan, Ogunjobi Tolani.

The operatives, who drove into the scene in 14 Hilux vans and Armoured Personnel Carrier, APC, later raided a house believed to belong to a kingpin of Aiye, and a member of Oodua Peoples Congress, Najimu Sodolamu.

Najimu’s aged father, Musibau Sodolamu, his fourth wife, identified as Iya Azeez, and an unidentified elder sister were arrested in the process.

Three buildings at Sodolamu’s compound were completely razed, while no fewer than 10 vehicles were vandalized.

While confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, said only one person was killed, identified as Babatunde Alamutu, 32.

According to him, many people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

He said: “Altogether, we have been able to arrest more than 100 cultists between yesterday and today (yesterday). So, we confirm that one Alamutu died during the cult clash this morning (yesterday).

“We have not ascertained the cult groups that clashed. After proper investigations, the CP is going to hold a press briefing.”

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