Panic set in on Sagamu Local Government Area, LGA of Ogun state on Monday following the news that members of the Eiye Confraternity, are allegedly planing on unleashing mayhem during their anniversary.
Sources reveal that resident of Fakale, Igode and Emuren communities; Odo Kekere, Odo Nla and Itapara within the LGA , reportedly fled their homes for fear of being attacked during the alleged cult anniversary.
According to the Punch, the cultists have vowed that blood must be shed to mark the August 8 anniversary (a practice which was described as a norm).
Chief Rafiu Idisu, head of Igode community, speaking on the alleged cult anniversary said the anniversary, which has been tagged as ‘8/8.’, has seen not less than 70 residents packing out of the community for fear of being lynched.
For the past three days now, there has been information across the community and its environs that Eiye cult members will attack people to mark their anniversary today.
People have started leaving since then, especially those who live on new sites. About 70 residents have fled and residents in other communities such as Fakale, Itapara and Odo Kekere, are doing same.
I have informed the council chairman and he promised to do something about it. We want the police to position patrol vehicles around the communities to protect us because we have no place to run to. We don’t want a repeat of what happened on July 7.
Idisu, furthwer added taht the attention of Chairman, Sagamu LGA, Mr. Lola Awoniyi, had been drawn to the situation, urging police to shut down the anniversary before it starts.
Spwaking on the issue, the acting Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Command, ASP Ambibola Oyeyemi, said policemen had been deployed in different parts of the state to check cult activities.
Our Special Intelligence Bureau officers are at various parts of the state to nip in the bud any mob attack. People should not fear harassment from anywhere. They should go about their business in a normal way; we are on top of the situation.
Nothing is going to happen in those communities because policemen are on the ground.
The state Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Iliyasu, has made it clear that whoever parades himself as a cultist will be treated like an armed robber, kidnapper or murderer.
The CP has ordered all the Divisional Police Officers to be on their toes