Residents of Oboye Street, Orilowo, Ejigbo, recently had a frightening experience, when the Anti-Robbery Squad on patrol, clash with a group of Cultists, infamously known as “Eiye Confraternity”, resulting into exchange of gunshots; leaving several people injured and one feared dead.
The dreadful incident happened in the early hours of the day. The Nigerian Police who were on patrol of the Ejigbo axis over the night, had suspected a group of youths in a building. They stopped to investigate and insisted on inspecting the house, to ascertain what was going on in the building but was denied entrance.
According to eyewitness, the Policemen discovered the youths were Cultists and were ready to arrest them, but the Cult members resisted. A warning shot was fired by the Police, the shot lead to panic and chaos in the area. In the wake of their impending arrest, the cult gang went on rampage, breaking into shops and fetched harmful objects (Cutlasses and Bottles), ready to have a face-off with the Police.
A resident, who pleaded anonymity, told ECHONEWS that the sound of gunshot woke the whole neighbourhood. He said, he racing to his window, to see what was going on and saw the men of the Police force had arrested some youths. Adding that the rest of the gang wanted to recover the arrested members, this was, what led to the first shot and the subsequent sporadic shooting into the air.
“The shoot-out resulted in many sustaining injuries and a pedestrian, fatally injured by a stray bullet and rushed to the hospital for urgent medical care.” He said.
Another Eyewitness said the casualty rate would have been higher, if it had not been a Thursday, the day set aside for the routine sanitation excises for market men and women. “Usually, people come around today, to clean their shops environment, but the incident has left the place deserted and the people afraid of a reprisal attacks” he said.