Three persons have been arrested by the Zone 2 Police Command for multiple killings in the Ijoko area of Ogun State. The identities of the suspects were given as Moses Anthony, Kabiru Ajao and Samson Adagun
Reports say the trio were arrested by operatives of the Zonal Intervention Squad following a tip-off
According to the police, the suspects were responsible for the death of a welder, identified simply as Lanre, who was shot dead about a week ago.
Among items recovered during a search of their hideouts were; three cut-to-size guns and four live cartridges.
The suspects who admitted to being members of the Eiye Confraternity, said their action was instigated by the killing of their leader, Olakunle Adelabu, aka Callous.
Adelabu was a 400-level student of Animal Science and Livestock Production of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
The suspects noted that they joined some of Adelabu’s undergraduate friends to unleash mayhem on the community during which the welder, Lanre, was shot dead.
Anthony, a national of Cotonou, Benin Republic, said the crisis in the Ijoko community started after the son of a traditional ruler, Next Turn, who was a member of the Eiye cult decamped to Aiye.
He said the prince accused the Eiye members of betraying his father by taking sides with a rival traditional ruler.
He said, “Because of that, the prince and his group started killing every Eiye member in the community, and at a point, we fled to Ifo, a neighbouring community, where Callous (Adelabu) was managing a site.
“Callous, who was our number one, went to Ijoko on April 19. He was leaving for school the following day when the gang led by the prince broke his skull with stones.
“After Callous was killed, some of his undergraduate friends joined us in launching a reprisal.
“Those that joined us to carry out the operation were undergraduates of FUNAAB and they were seven in number. They are Shakur, Sikiru, Sola, Wale, Joshua, Taju and Kehinde.”
Asked how the gang came about the arms and ammunition, Anthony said they belonged to Adelabu, adding that he didn’t know how he got them.
Another suspect, Ajao, who hails from Ede, Osun State, denied following the gang that shot the welder.
“When they killed our brother, Callous, our gang members went to retaliate. Those that killed Callous were led by a prince. When the police barge into my house while I was asleep, I told them I was a cult member, but I didn’t join them for the reprisal,” he said.