Reports have it that four persons have been killed in the past week around Oluwo and Adigbe, Pansheke areas of Abeokuta, thanks to the bloody clashes between the so-called Eiye and Buccaneer cults.
No one seems to be able to define the root of the lingering clashes but most of the times, it is a battle for supremacy among rival student cult groups in Moshood Abiola Polytechnic.
An ND2 Computer Engineering student, Muraina Ibrahim, (a.k.a Elebe), and another form Mass Communication, Demola were among the victims.
The identities of the other two persons are unknown to the institution, but one was reportedly killed at the Mango area of Oluwo while the other was killed at Iyana Oloke.
According to the MAPOLY Public Relations Officer, Mr. Sulaiman Adebiyi, two other people have been confirmed killed, but it cannot be ascertained if they were students of the institution.
He said eight students of the institution have been arrested by the police over the killings but described many of the arrests as random.
Police have also confirmed the arrests and promised that serious efforts were ongoing to end cultism in the school.
Further findings later revealed that the unidentified men could be innocent residents who got caught up in the clashes as the cultist usually exchange gunshots with stray bullets flying.
While some persons have been killed in the clashes, some have been saved by the cult clashes as the case witnessed during a similar bloody cult clash on Valentine’s Day.
The Eiye vs. Buccaneer fight had escalated beyond the school premises into the streets and ended up claiming one person’s life at the Pansheke area of the state.
Residents say the person killed was amongst the onlookers watching the mob action against two homosexual partners who had just been exposed at a nearby guest house.
The gay partners identified as Mubashir Yusuf and Kola were caught in the act by Mubashir’s ex-wife, Fausat in Panseke area.
They were dragged outside the guest house into the main Pansheke road and were already being lynched when the sounds of sporadic gunshots from warring cultists sent a bigger pandemonium into the crowd about to deliver jungle justice.
Not only were the gay partners saved from untimely death, the also escaped arrest by police.
“We were all gathered here to watch how two men who were caught in gay activities where being dragged and beaten by some thugs when the Eiye and Buccaneers started their fight and started shooting at each other.
“Everybody had to scamper for safety, even the mob attacking the gay partners dispersed to avoid stray bullets from the sporadic exchange of gun fire from the cultists at loggerheads.
“The gay partners were very lucky because police would have arrested them if not for the cult clash,” the eyewitness narrated.
Residents have continued to cry out to the Ogun state government to act fast in stemming the violence and help residents sleep at night.