Fallout of a clash between two rival cult groups as left no fewer than Six unidentified persons dead in Ikere-Ekiti at two separate cult clashes which occurred Saturday night and Sunday morning .
The deceased who are all Male were brought down at different locations in the town, said to be the second largest in Ekiti .
ASP Sunday Abutu, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Command, while confirming the story, disclosed that it was fallout of a clash between two rival cult groups .
He added that 10 suspects have been arrested in connect with the bloody cult clash caused by rivalry and show of strength.
The police spokesman however confirmed that six persons have lost their lives and their bodies have been deposited in the morgue.
According to him; “I can confirm to you that it was a violent cult clash between two rival groups.
“About six persons have been killed as a result of show of strength between the two nefarious groups.
“We have begun serious operations there by combined forces of the men of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Army, Amotekun corps and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.
“Those arrested are being kept in our custody and by the time we conclude our investigations, they will be charged to court accordingly”, Abutu hinted.
Ikere Ekiti, the second largest city in Ekiti State was on Sunday morning tensed, as six persons were reportedly killed during a bloody clash between two rival cult groups in the town.
Our correspondent gathered that the incident started on Saturday night, when one of the cult groups identified as ‘Ojuale’ was shot dead near Ikere City Hall, Odo Oja area of the town.
A source in the town, who craved anonymity, revealed that Ojuale, an indigene of the town came from Port Harcourt on Friday to attend a friend’s wedding after which he was killed by rival cult members.
The source said: “Shortly after he was murdered, his members came out en masse with dangerous weapons to torment residents of the area.
“Although, the cause of the violence was still unknown, but the suspected cultists went on a shooting spree leaving the community members scampered for safety.
“Before now, residents of the community have appealed to the state Government to beam search light on growing rival cult clashes in the town”, he stated.
To ward off further killings, the police have increased surveillance in the town by conducting stop and search on vehicles coming in and out of the town.
The growing menace of cultism and cybercrime had become a source of worry to management of some tertiary institutions in the state..
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) ,Professor Abayomi Fasina has promised to wage war of cultism and cybercrime on campus.
While reacting to the recent unfortunate incident of sporadic shootings at Oye-Ekiti the VC said ” That the alleged unfortunate sporadic shootings did not happen on the Oye Campus of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti
” That it happened off Campus and thus, has nothing to do with our great Citadel of Learning where peace, tranquility and stability have been witnessed ever since, courtesy of good job by our security unit in collaboration with Federal security agencies who provides adequate security on the campus and its environs, as well as good conduct by both students and staff.
“And finally, that the relevant security agencies and operatives have been on top of the situation since and so, no cause for alarm.
“That normalcy has since returned to the allegedly troubled areas in Oye and students should go about their normal businesses without any fear.”
Few months ago,two perdins were also killed at a private Polytechnic (CROWN) in a cult related clashes. The development led to the temporary closure of the insitution.