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… Police arrest 18 suspects
Pandemonium broke out in Panseke area of Abeokuta, Ogun state on Thursday as suspected cult members murdered a popular area boy, aka Tommy.
Police said it have arrested about 18 suspected cultists in relation to the violence.
Tommy was reportedly killed late on Thursday night at Panseke, by some yet-to-be identified persons.
The victim, who went to buy food, was reportedly trailed by the cultists from his resident at Oluwo, to Panseke where he was macheted.
According to residents, the assailants, after hacking the man down, watch over him till he stopped breathing.
The development has forced residents of Oluwo to flee their homes as the whole place was gripped by palpable fear.
A source said his assailants had butchered him in the head and other parts of the body, leaving him dead in the pool of his blood.
It was gathered that the victim must have been killed by members of the Aiye confraternity, as he was rumoured to have been a member of the rival Eiye cult group.
When PLATFORM TIMES visited some areas in Oluwo and Panseke on Friday morning, there was tension in over fear of possible reprisal attacks.
PLATFORM c TIMES gathered that shops and residential buildings were under lock and key at Oluwo.
The students populated environment was deserted as many students were already planning to travel to their various homes.
At the time PLATFORM TIMES visited Oluwo, people were seen running helter skelter as some stern-looking guys moved about on motorcycles.
A source in the area said “there is going to be a serious fight in Oluwo . That man killed is not going to die like that. He is a very popular man in Abeokuta. Please take cover and stay safe.”
When contacted the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi confirmed the incident, saying it was a cult clash.
Oyeyemi said 18 persons have been arrested in connection with the killing Tommy.
He enjoined residents of the area not to panic, saying, police are on top of the situation.
Oyeyemi said “It was a cult clash and the cultists killed one of them last night around Panseke. 18 suspects have since been arrested in connection with the incident.
“The people need not to fear. We have deployed policemen to the area. We are on top of the situation.”