January 2, 2021

One killed as cultists clash at Osun carnival celebration

By Shina Abubakar, Osogbo

One person was reportedly killed in Osogbo, Osun state capital on Saturday afternoon as cult groups clashed while celebrating during a carnival around Isale-Osun area of the town.

It was gathered that a cult member known as “Danger” was celebrating his annual youth carnival around Oke-Ola area of Osogbo and another group was said to have made an attempt to disrupt the programme.

A resident in the community, Alabi Sulaiman disclosed that the cultists in their numbers moved through station road to Oja-Oba through Isale-Osun, shooting sporadically into the air and scaring residents away.

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“The cultists were on motorcycles, they moved from station road area to Oja-Oba were a stray bullet injured one person.

“On getting to Asubiaro area, they began to shoot towards a target, an unidentified young man, who was hit on the head and died on the spot while residents scampered for safety, the cultists rode  freely shooting into the air,” he said.

However, the spokesperson of the Nigeria Security and Civic Defense Corps, Daniel Adigun disclosed that a cult group on motorcycles dragged the victim, identied as Azeez Tajudeen out of a carnival at Laro Grammar school before he was shot three times and hacked.

According to him, intelligence showed that the cultists had an altercation with the deceased earlier and was traced to the carnival.

“One person named Azeez Tajudeen was the one killed. It was suspected that they had an altercation before Saturday. Report say that the assailants dragged him out from the carnival before carrying out their nefarious act.

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“A clash ensued between two cult groups. Some unidentified cultists who were on okada shot their victim three times before machetting him. It was gathered that they were celebrating a carnival

“The carnival is staged in front of Laro, the corpse has been taken to UNIOSUN teaching hospital in Osogbo and normalcy has return to the area,” he said.

The state government had earlier ban celebration of carnivals across the state and directed security operatives to enforce the no carnival directives but different groups still hold the even in the state capital.

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