Police officers of the Zonal Intervention Squad of the Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos, have arrested two suspected members of Aiye confraternity who allegedly [email protected] its leader to death in Ogun State.
According to Vanguard, the suspects were also involved in the fight between Eiye rival cult group in Otta and Ifo areas of Ogun State, during which over 20 lives were lost.
The suspects, Sheriff Afeeri and Owoseni Wasiu, according to the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, were arrested a fortnight ago, at Agosi area of Ifo, Ogun State, while planning attacks.
Recovered from the suspects was an axe bearing the logo of Aiye confraternity, among other items.
While confessing, one of the suspects Owoseni Wasiu, popularly known as Olore, said that their leader, whose identity he gave simply as Niyi, was [email protected] to death following moves by some members to forcefully oust him from of office.
Niyi was processing his admission into Lagos State Polytechnic before he was murdered. Wasiu, who admitted to have been among those that fought the same day, said he was not responsible for Niyiâ€™s death. He explained that there was an earlier fight between factions of the group, during which late Niyiâ€™s faction, described as the eldersâ€™ group, was overpowered.
Irked by the affront, late Niyi and his loyalists were said to have stormed Western City Street in Ifo, Ogun State, where Wasiuâ€™s group, which was described as youth group, was having a meeting. The youth group, said to have got wind of the coming attack, ambushed members of the eldersâ€™ group, forcing them to take to their heels.
Explaining how Niyi was killed, 26-year-old Wasiu said: â€œI did not kill Niyi, Akube and Heritage did. They [email protected] him to death with an axe. It was Niyiâ€™s group that came to attack us.â€
On his part, Sheriff Afeeri also claimed he had no hand in Niyiâ€™s death. He said he was on hospital bed when the incident occurred.
The Ordinary National Diploma holder in Insurance from the Polytechnic of Ibadan, said:â€œLate Niyi was our leader. New members, referred to as youths, alleged that he was lavishing the confraternityâ€™s money and told him to leave for another person to take over, but he refused.
â€œThis led to the clash between the elders and the youth group.â€