Four ar­rested over sus­pected Osun cult killings

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Bola Bamigbola, Os­ogbo

FOUR sus­pected cultists have been ar­rested by the po­lice fol­low­ing killings in some parts of Ile­sha, Osun State, last week.

The Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer in the state, Fo­lasade Odoro, con­firmed the ar­rests in a chat with PUNCH Metro on Sun­day.

Three per­sons were killed in some parts of Ile­sha on Thurs­day and Fri­day last week in what was sus­pected to be a supremacy fight be­tween the Eiye and Axe con­fra­ter­ni­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to find­ings, the ri­val cults clashed in ar­eas like Akewu­sola Street, Isare Street and Aki­nobi junc­tion, Okeopo Street, Ile­sha me­trop­o­lis.

A corpse, whose iden­tity could not be as­cer­tained as of press time, found at the Aki­nobi junc­tion, Okeopo Street, on Thurs­day re­port­edly trig­gered a fight be­tween the groups.

The corpse of an­other woman iden­ti­fied as Iya Taye, who had deep ma­chete cuts on her head, it was learnt, was found on Akewu­sola Street, also on Thurs­day, while a man, iden­ti­fied sim­ply as Ades­ola, was shot dead by some sus­pected cultists on Isare Street.

Odoro told PUNCH Metro that three per­sons died in the clashes, but said nor­malcy had been re­stored in the af­fected ar­eas.

Com­ment­ing on the clashes in a chat with our cor­re­spon­dent on Sun­day, Odoro said a close watch on iden­ti­fied hide­outs of cults led to the ar­rest of four sus­pects.

She said those ar­rested be­longed to the Eiye and Axe con­fra­ter­ni­ties, ad­ding that the sus­pects in cus­tody were al­ready help­ing the com­mand with use­ful in­for­ma­tion.

“We have four sus­pects in our cus­tody al­ready. We are pay­ing close at­ten­tion to al­ready iden­ti­fied black spots. We won’t re­lent un­til all crim­i­nal el­e­ments are off the streets,” Odoro stated.

She urged law-abid­ing res­i­dents not to en­ter­tain any fear as the po­lice would in­ten­sify ef­forts to keep the state save dur­ing and after the fes­tive pe­riod.

• Osun Gov, Gboyega Oyetola

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