A cultist who murdered a rival gang member says he did so to avenge the killing of his cousin.
A 28-year-old cult member who is being detained for murder by the Lagos State Police Command, Matthew Ekomafe, has confessed that he killed a member of a rival cult group, Shino Acheyi, to avenge the murder of his cousin, Dike Dik, a political Science graduate of the Delta State University, Abraka.
Ekomafe said his cousin was murdered when he came to Lagos from Abuja where he was posted to for his NYSC scheme, by members of the Eiye Fraternity in the Ijanikin area of the state.
Ekomafe who was arrested in a hotel following a tip off, is said to have been on the wanted list of the police for months, and police say he will be prosecuted for armed robbery and murder.
Ekomafe confessed to his crime thus:
“I am a member of Black Cat Fraternity. I had my Ordinary National Diploma in Marine Engineering in 2012. I am from Eku Village in Abraka Local Government Area of Delta State.
I don’t like Eiye Fraternity because they rob and steal. One of them, Uche who happened to be my friend, robbed me of my phone and N3,000 cash on the road. This made me to join Black Cat through a friend called Charles.
My trouble started when my cousin, Dike Dik, a Youth Corps member came to visit me and Eiye people shot him dead. We were annoyed and we went and killed one of them in the Vespa area of Ijanikin.
It was one of the guys from Igbesa Polytechnic, Ogun State, named Atigba, who gave me the locally made shot-gun which I used to kill the killer of my cousin. The Eiye people later retaliated by killing two members of Black Cat at Church bus stop.
We later shot one of them, Godspower aka Power, in retaliation. The casualties in Eiye side now are two, while Black Cat has three casualties. The three Black Cat members they killed are Dike Dik, Tio and Destiny, while the two the Black cats killed on the side of Eiye are Shino and Seyi. They rushed the person I shot at the chest to hospital where he later died.
I went to lodge in Ayala Hotel along Olorunshogo in the Ijanikin area. I was alone in my hotel room sleeping and somebody came and knocked. When I opened the door, policemen entered. When they searched my room, they found a gun under the bed. When I took them to the house of one of us named Orumo, he scaled the wall and escaped.”