A 26-year-old bus conductor, Sikiru Adebayo, has been killed by suspected cult members on Oniyanrin Street, Mile 12, Lagos.The assailants, who were suspected to be Aiye Confraternity members, stormed the area on Monday, last week and attacked the late Adebayo, inflicting machete cuts on his head before pushing him into a lagoon.
His corpse was said to have been swept by the current, making it difficult for his relatives to find it.
Punch learnt from residents of Mile 12 that the Osun State indigene was among a crowd of people who ran for dear life when the cult members unleashed mayhem on residents on the fateful day.
His elder brother, Moruf Adebayo, explained that they were still reveling in the hangover from the Sallah break when they were attacked.He said,
�It was three days after Sallah and we were having fun. One of us was singing, while the rest of us danced and joked.I went to the toilet, came back and saw some boys- about four of them- wielding cutlasses, bottles, sticks and all forms of weapons.They started attacking people and we all took to our heels. But my brother could not make it as they pinned him down and hacked his head before pushing him into the water.
�I had planned to travel with my brother to Osogbo for a festival and had also given him N58, 000 to keep for me in preparation for the trip when they killed him.”
Another resident, Kayode Fafunke, said the gang came from Obanta Street, a neighbouring community.
�When the dust had settled, we didn’t know what had happened to Sikiru. But when we didn’t see him, we asked around and somebody said he saw the men cutting somebody with cutlasses and pushing him into the waters.His relatives from Osogbo came around and we hired fishermen and paid them to help us look for him.It was around 2pm that they called us that they had found his bloated body.”
Our correspondent learnt that the victim had been buried near the water bank.A source in the area identified members of the gang to include Yoko, Sketel, Raphael, Joshua and Omo, all resident of Obanta Street.
A commercial driver, Ibrahim Oladepo, told our correspondent the gang members were always clashing with another gang identified as Agiliti boys.
The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident.
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