One feared dead in Ilorin cult clash

May 28, 2021
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A suspected cultist was confirmed dead while evading police arrest in Ilorin on Friday morning, as several others sustained varying degrees of injury when cultists clash in the metropolis.

Tribune Online gathered that the dead cultist, whose identity is yet to be confirmed, plunged to his death when he jumped into the Surulere canal in the metropolis.

It was gathered that inter-community fight had ensued among suspected cultists/hoodlums from Baboko, Oja Tuntun and Surulere communities in the Ilorin metropolis, leading to the cult clash.

It was further gathered that the police from Surulere and other divisions were drafted in to restore normalcy, arresting suspects as some people sustained injuries in the process.

It was gathered that some of the hoodlums mobilized for a reprisal attack with the aim of forcing a release of their arrested colleagues at the Surulere police division, thereby leading to a fierce exchange of fire from both sides.

Speaking on the development, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Okasanmi Ajayi, said “We had gone out to put a chaotic situation under control this morning involving two cult groups and we made some arrests.

“These boys mobilized themselves and begin to attack the police. As a result, one of them jumped inside a canal in the Surulere area while trying to evade arrest.

“We called the Fire Service to retrieve the body but the boys came to disrupt them and then later the police retrieved the corpse from the cult guys,” he said.

The PPRO also said that the police had commenced an investigation into the matter to get to its root.

It is recalled there had been recurrent cases of cult clashes and related deaths, accounting for no fewer than 10 deaths this year alone.

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