Police crackdown on cultists after bloody clashes in Akure

Cultists clash in Ogun

Policemen have made several arrests in Akure, the Ondo state capital, following bloody clashes between members of rival cult groups.

Some of the cultists were killed, while others were severely injured.

The clashes, which began last Sunday night, lasted till Monday night, resulting in the hurried closure of shops and market in the town.

The armed cultists chased each other along the major roads in Akure.

The president of Akure Youth coalition, Mr. Tuyi Adekanbi described the development as worrisome and unacceptable.

Adekambi threatening that youths would soon shut down roads and markets in Akure to demand immediate intervention of government on the incident.

He said “I just want to call your attention to the recurring decimal of cultist killing in Akure metropolis. Till now 9 sound healthy youths had been gruesomely murdered.

“Before now we have called all individual and groups that matters that AKURE community is seating on a keg of gun powder with the activities of all these rivalry cults.

“They have graduated from night attacks and killings to a broad daylight operation.”

“There is pandemonium in all the nooks and crannies of Akure. They dispossess innocent people of their belongings and many people ran to danger everyday for the past 3 days.”

“Another boy had just been shot dead at NEPA roundabout this evening. His remains had been deposited at the morgue.

“Imagine! Police are out of it this time around. Help us, our youths are dying everyday. Help us to call Mr Governor and our celebrated SSG to rise to there responsibility”.

Spokesman of the state police command, Femi Joseph, said 20 of the suspected cultists have been arrested so far, in the last two days of fighting.

The police image maker, puts the death toll from the clashes, at three.

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