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Lagos residents panic over rising cult clashes

By Idowu Abdullahi,

Activities around Coker-Aguda in Surulere axis of Lagos State have reportedly been brought to a halt after rival cult groups renewed their clashes during early hours of Sunday, signifying increasing violence which the area had been known for in recent times.

As gathered, residents and passers-by around the area scampered to safety to avoid been caught in the crossfire from the clashes said to have involved usage of dangerous weapons.

The Guild learnt that the youths in both factions of the rival groups were armed with dangerous weapons including guns, machetes, among others while all activities have been grounded in the area.

As stated, gunshots rented the air for at least three hours during the rival clash between members of the Eye Confraternity and Black Axe.

Some residents around the area alleged that no fewer than three person were reportedly killed during the overnight cult clash around Enitan, Willy Omiyi, Akinyele and Adetola streets in the area.

They also expressed worry over lack of security intervention during the melee, urging the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration to beam search light on growing rival cult clashes in the area.

The residents appealed to the government and the state’s Police command to launch a manhunt for members of the rival cult groups for peace to return to Coker-Aguda.

They also asked the authorities at Coker-Aguda Local Government to ensure that the street lights in the area are always powered in order to expose people perpetrating evil at nights.

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