A young man in Lagos, Anu Olokodana, has been declared wanted by the state Police Command for allegedly drowning his childhood friend, Adeleke Awosiga, for refusing to join him in a cult group.

Awosiga, according to witnesses, got his friend mad when he refused all entreaties to join the cult group which operates in Isheri, Ojodu-Berger area of the state.

It was gathered that the incident which happened during the fleeing culprit's birthday celebration in a hotel in the area, saw him snuffing life out of the 20-year-old Awosiga in a swimming pool during the party, on June 13.

The witnesses say there was an argument that ensued between the friends over cult activities which allegedly made Olokodana to twist his friend’s neck before drowning him with the corpse discovered by residents and policemen the following day while the suspect and other cult members have been on the run since then.

It was learnt that two of the cult boys had been arrested by the police and they reportedly confessed that they belonged to the same cult group with Olokodana.

A close relative of the deceased said that Awosiga and Olokodana had been childhood friends, which made it difficult to believe that the suspect could kill his friend.

“The suspect, Olokodana, is popularly called T-Fire. He is a and he was at the party with other members of his cult group. Awosiga was also there to celebrate his friend’s birthday. As the party went on, a disagreement ensued between the two.

Both men have been childhood friends, but their point of disagreements had always been over the cult membership. The suspect had always persuaded his friend to join his cult group, but the latter was not interested.

On that Saturday, Olokodana invited many of his friends, including the deceased, to a hotel in the Isheri area to celebrate his birthday. The young men drank and had fun till dawn. The trouble started at about 4.30am.

The next thing we heard was that Leke (Awosiga) had been drowned by Olokodana, and all his cult members had fled. We are still in shock over the matter.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident and said the matter has been transferred to the Department of Criminal Investigations, Yaba.

“The deceased died by drowning. The case has also been transferred to the DCI for further investigations.”