Following the bloody clash that ensued between the two rival cult groups in Ilesa, Osun State, the Governor of the state, Ademola Adeleke has directed security agencies to launch special operations to arrest and prosecute cultists engaging in rivalry war across Ijeshaland.
Four persons were reportedly killed in the bloody clash.
Two were said to have been killed last Sunday while the remaining two were killed on Tuesday.
The victims who were also cult members said to have been shot dead after a gun duel that lasted about forty minutes between the two warring deadly group members who threw the community onto a battlefield and disrupted both commercial and other activities in the ancient town for hours.
The evil perpetrators who are said to have thrown decorum into the wind said to be armed with guns, cutlasses, broken bottles, knives, daggers, axes and other dangerous weapons they openly displayed and freely used to wreak havoc in the town.
Apart from those reportedly killed, informed sources disclosed that about eight other persons were severely wounded and presently receiving treatment in undisclosed hospitals in the town.
The development it was gathered, has caused panic and fear in the length and breadth of the town as those who witnessed the crisis and managed to escape the blood bath are now in great lamentation as they are now expressing worries about what their fate would be.
Reacting to spate of violence and attacks in parts of the Eastern senatorial district, Governor Adeleke described the development as “shocking and reprehensible”, calling on the police service and other security agencies to act decisively to stop the cult clashes.
Adeleke in statement issued by his spokesperson Mallam Olawale Rasheed, lamented the loss of lives of innocent residents in the town, directing that the special operations should include intelligence gathering to arrest masterminds of the attacks, warning that “all perpetrators will face harsh reality of the law.
“I have been duly briefed on the developments in some parts of Ijeshaland. We will no longer tolerate actions capable of disrupting the peaceful atmosphere in the state. We will not allow any group or individuals to use their internal wars to endanger public peace.
” This is a matter that threatens law and order. We must enforce the law and ensure peace without delay. This is one violence too many.
” I have directed the Commissioner of Police and other service chiefs to swing into action without delay. Violence and attacks must stop and perpetrators must be brought to book as urgently as possible”, the Governor instructed.
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