In what appeared a quest for supremacy, the leader of ‘Aiye’ Confraternity in the Bariga area of Lagos State, Segun Ezekiel, has killed Taye Gbalagbala, leader of rival cult group ‘Eye’ Confraternity in the area.
It was gathered that the incident happened on March 28, 2021.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Saturday, said 24-year-old Ezekiel confessed that he murdered 30-year-old Gbalagbala.
Adejobi said Ezekiel has been arrested and the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation and arrest of other fleeing culprits.
He said, “The suspect has been alleged to be a notorious cult leader and killer who has been terrorising the entire Bariga Area of the state. He has confessed to the crime and that he carried out the gruesome murder of the deceased in company of other three members of Aiye Confraternity in his domain.”
Also in the statement titled, ‘Police Arrest Aiye Confraternity Leader For Killing Rival Eye Leader, Neutralise Armed Robbery Gang’, the PPRO said policemen in the Ikorodu area of the state engaged armed robbers in a gun duel on March 29 and neutralised some of the criminals.
The statement partly read, “The suspected armed robbers had laid a siege on the block of flats at the above address, cut the American fence wire and broke into the flats in the compound. They robbed the occupants of their belongings including laptops, phones, one PS-4, gold necklaces and wrist watches worth millions of naira.
“After the gun duel, the team assessed the scene and discovered that two of the suspected armed robbers were fatally injured and eventually gave up the ghost. Their corpses have been deposited at a public morgue for further actions.
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“The following items were recovered from them: two locally-made guns with four live cartridges, one big cutter, three schizles, one jack, two scissors, one apple laptop, one catapult, bank ATM cards, three black bags, wrist watches, military Camouflage and the sum of four hundred and sixty thousand, six hundred and fifty naira only (N460,650).”
Adejobi added that the police commissioner has mandated the police in the area “to fish out other members of the syndicate and those who venture into similar criminal acts of house braking and burglary in the entire Ikorodu Division of Lagos State”.
“CP Hakeem Odumosu, therefore, reiterated the command’s zeal to work with all relevant stakeholders in combating crimes and criminality in Lagos State,” the PPRO added.