Tragedy struck in the Ogiro, Agbado area of Ogun State , after a fish seller, Farouk Adebowale, was shot dead by some gunmen suspected to be cult members.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Adebowale was hit by a stray bullet in the head while some cult members wanted to gun down a man who wanted to date their leader’ s girlfriend .
A correspondent gathered that the alleged girlfriend, Yetunde Kamoru , and the suspected cult leader, Ganiyu Azeez, had gone for a party in a hotel in the Oyero area last Tuesday.
During the party , the unidentified man was alleged to have seduced Kamoru, which angered the boyfriend , Azeez. There was an argument between the men, which led to a fight.
Azeez and his friends were reported to have chased the lover boy to the Ogiro community, as the latter, who was also said to be a cult member, mobilised his gang.
The two groups allegedly exchanged gunfire which created tension in the community. In the ensuing confusion, the victim , who was by the roadside with his goods , was hit by a bullet in the head.
He was said to have slumped and died on the spot. A source said Azeez was later caught in a hotel with another girlfriend. He said , “The main suspect , Azeez, went to a party with his girlfriend . On getting there , there was a brawl . He said a man was eyeing his girlfriend during a dance and that led to a fight . Azeez and his gang wanted to injure the man , but he fled.
“They trailed him outside and that led to a shootout between the two men and their gang members . Azeez’ s cult members had wanted to shoot the lover boy, when the bullet hit the fish seller and he died.
“ After the incident, residents said they knew the girl responsible for the fight . They reported to the police at the Agbado division and went to pick her at her house . She admitted to knowing about the fight and led the police to the boyfriend ’ s house .
“When they didn’ t find him at home , she led them to a hotel where they found him in a room with another girl , called Yetunde . The two girls and the man were arrested and taken to the Agbado Police Station. ”
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer , Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the death, adding that three suspects had been arrested.
He said the police had earlier received information that two rival cult groups , Eye and Eiye , planned to create mayhem in the area as part of their celebration of ‘ 8 /8 ’ .
He said , “On August 7 , the police got information that some Aiye and Eiye cult members planned to attack the Oyero community to celebrate ‘ 8 /8 ’ , which was August 8 .
“The Divisional Police Officer mobilised his men and started intense patrol of the area . It was while on patrol that he heard that some cult members had struck and fired somebody around the Transformer area of Ogiro .
“The DPO deployed some of his men in the area and two of the suspects were immediately arrested. When the DPO himself got there , the leader of the cult members was arrested .
Immediately he was sighted at the station , residents identified him. The suspects are Ganiyu Azeez, Yetunde Kamoru and Morufat Arojojoye .
“The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu , has directed that they should be transferred to the Anti -kidnapping and Anti – cultism Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department , Eleweran, for further investigation.
The suspects are cooperating in the investigation and giving vital information on the incident.