Two people have been killed during a cult clash that occurred in Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State, western Nigeria, while a member of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, was abducted.
Our correspondent gathered that while one of the victims was killed at Osimore Street, another was shot and beheaded at Ajegunle Ijada area of the state.
The headless body of the deceased was later taken away Sunday afternoon.
It was alleged that the deceased were members of the Eiye cult group and their death was as a result of a reprisal attack.
Also, the member of NURTW, simply identified as Razaq, was attacked at his residence in Oketun Street, Itantebo, Ogun State.
He was rushed to a private hospital named Amazing at Iloro Street in the area after he was shot.
Razaq’s assailants traced him to the hospital and they abducted him after shooting sporadically into the air to scare people away.
The crisis was yet to be abated as at Monday morning.
The premises of Moslem Primary School 2, Isoku, off Ijagun Road this morning was also turned to a battlefield as members of the Eiye cult group also traced one of their marked men to a football pitch and started shooting sporadically.
It was gathered that their target escaped by scaling a fence as residents also scampered for safety.
According to a witness, the killings have turned the once peaceful Ijebu-Ode township to a war zone as residents now stay indoors as early as 7:00p.m.
“I think something must be done urgently to salvage us from these small boys who are killing everywhere. They shot someone on Sunday and we rushed him to a hospital. But surprisingly, some boys stormed the hospital and took him away.
“As I am talking to you now, no one knows the whereabouts of the abducted man. We have been searching for him since then. We even heard that they came back this morning to look for a boy they shot earlier, but his relatives have taken him out of the town. You need to see how the boy with the help of his family fled the town. He was disguised as a woman before they could take him out of the town,” the witness disclosed.
When P.M.NEWS visited the Ajegunle-Ijada area of Ijebu-Ode Sunday evening, most of the residents declined to speak with our correspondent, but there were blood stains on the ground.
As at the time of filing this report, vehicles of anti-crime military personnel of OP MESA were seen in the town while shops, bars and joints which normally close late during weekend stopped doing business around 7:00 p.m.
One of the deceased had been taken to his hometown in a neighboring community where he would be buried on Tuesday.