Five people were killed on Tuesday after suspected cult members unleashed hell at the Federal Housing Estate, Abesan, Ipaja, Lagos State.
The clash was said to be between members of the Black Axe and Aiye confraternity.
One of the victims killed has been identified as the second-in-command of the Black Axe cult group, Oluwadamilola Ajiwokewu.
According to residents of Abesan, four people were killed when Black Axe members came to carry out reprisal over the death of their second-in-command.
Ajiwokewu, alias Bebe, was alleged to have been butchered by the Aiye cult group in broad day light.
Ajiwokewu was trailed to Greenland Pharmacy where he went to buy drugs along Akinyele Road in the estate.
Determined to avenge the death, his members stormed the community in search of Aiye members.
The Black Axe group zeroed in on four Aiye members and gunned them down on Saturday, bringing the pile of corpses to five.
The corpses of the Aiye cults members were said to have being evacuated by policemen from Gowon Estate and moved to a public mortuary.
When our correspondent visited the estate, there was still apprehension on the faces of some residents.
A resident who identified himself simply as Idowu said: “On October 25, this community was like a war zone. Some Aiye members stormed the estate on five motorcyclists and started shooting sporadically before they went after their targets.
‘Immediately Oluwadamilola saw the rival cult group, he took to his heel. They chased and caught up with him; they butchered him at the spot. Since then, we have been living in fear.
‘On Saturday, information filtered out that some Aiye cult members’ corpses littered the estate. We urged policemen to double their patrol in the community because we cannot sleep with our eyes close.”
A motor mechanic, who identified himself as John Alabi, said that the clash threw everyone in the estate into a panic and confusion.
Alabi said: “We’re seriously living in danger. Whenever cultists fight, it doesn’t end. Policemen should wade in and arrest the situation because we don’t want to fall victim of stray bullets.”
When New Telegraph contacted the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, via text message to confirm the incident, she did not reply.
She was also called, but she didn’t pick her call.
Juliana Francis Blog.
‘Obidients’ Threatening To Burn Down Afrika Shrine – Femi Kuti
Afrobeat singer Femi Kuti has alleged that some people threatened to burn down the New Afrika Shrine in Ikeja over reports that he called supporters of Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi ‘zombies’.
The 60-year-old said this in a video posted on Instagram on Friday night, where he insisted he never called Mr Obi’s supporters ‘zombies’.
On Friday, reports that he described the LP candidate’s supporters as zombies emerged.
The singer immediately debunked the report, describing it as misleading.
In a performance at the Afrika Shrine on Thursday night, Mr Kuti said that at 60, he could not be obedient.
Supporters of the LP candidate refer to themselves as ‘Obidients’.
Despite clearing the air, the singer said he woke up to a barrage of insults and abuses by people whom he described as Mr Obi’s supporters.
He said, “I woke up today to insults abusing me, my family and my children, threatening that they will burn the shrine because they said I said Peter Obi’s supporters are zombies.”
Clearing the air, Mr Kuti said that he was too angry, too sad, and depressed to be obedient.
“How can anybody come up with that term? I cannot be ‘Obedient’ in this country with END SARS killings, my grandmother was killed, my father’s house burnt, and I’m supposed to be obedient.
“Did I call Peter Obi supporters zombies? Did I say that? No. What does ‘obedient’ mean? I wouldn’t say I like that terminology for myself and will never use it.
“Nothing can make me obedient. I’m too angry, too sad, too depressed to be. Stop threatening to burn the shrine, stop threatening my children, stop that rubbish,” he said.
He went on to express his reservations about Mr Obi’s candidacy.
He said, “Obi went to greet Obasanjo. That makes me sceptical. Obi went to meet Babangida. Who? Me? My family believes these people are a part of the problem in this country.
“Well, some people will say no. That is your business; you have the right to think like that if that is what you believe is good for you. But you, too, cannot tell me how to think.
“I have my reservations. I do. You cannot tell me not to have reservations.”
An online publication reported his speech at the Afrika Shrine with the headline, ‘Femi Kuti says Obidients are zombies’.
In its report, the publication likened the Grammy nominee’s speech to his Father’s 1976 acclaimed song, ‘Zombie’.
The publication quoted the ‘Sorry Sorry’ crooner said, “You know what obedience means? Stand up, sit down, sit there — zombie.”
In his response, Mr Kuti said that the publication took his words out of context.
“You are such liars. What benefit is it to the people when you take my words out of context like this?”
He further added that he also gave his reasons for not trusting anyone else too in the present Nigerian political arena.
What actually happened
From the clip posted by People’s Gazette on YouTube, it appeared that Mr Kuti had paused a performance to talk about the 2023 presidential election.
He said, “At 60, why am I obedient? All my life, I don’t even remember a good time.
“I fear for my children; you say I should be obedient. Sit down. Be peaceful. That’s the meaning of obedience. ‘Obedient’, that was the Vice President of Atiku?
“Are you all ok in this country? Be obedient to who? Dem don suffer my life, make I come still dey stand up, obedient.”
Akwa Ibom Monarch To Die By Hanging For Murder
Akwa Ibom State High Court presided by Justice Edem Akpan, has sentenced 82-year-old Village Head of Efen Ibom in Ika Local Government Area of the State, Chief Essien Matthew Odiong, to death by hanging for murder.
The monarch, married to 12 wives and has 60 children, was standing trial on four counts of conspiracy, directing unlawful trial by ordeal, stealing of the motorcycle, and murder of the owner, one Udoma Udo Ubom.
Delivering judgment on Friday, Justice Akpan said the court found the accused guilty of the murder of the deceased by injecting some chemical substance on him, leading to his death on 26th April 2017.
According to the judgment, the late Ubom was accused by his brothers of being a wizard and was reported to the Village Head, who brought him before the Council, where the deceased was administered an oath to swear and prove his innocence.
The court held, “Having sensed the consequences of his criminal activity, the monarch escaped from the Village since 2017 and returned in 2019 when he was arrested by the Police.”
Justice Akpan stated, “The accused had voluntarily admitted that he sat at Efen Clan Council with five other village heads and members of the Clan Council to try the deceased on the allegation of witchcraft, and the law has relieved the prosecution of the burden to prove the offense of conspiracy.”
The court further held, “The admission of the process of trial and the decision of Efen Clan Council to administer oath on the deceased, has logically brought to the conclusion that a plastic bath on the head of the late Udoma Akpan Udo Ubom and injecting some chemical substance through a syringe into his buttocks by the village head, caused the death of the deceased.”
Justice Edem Akpan sentenced the Village Head to death by hanging for murder, seven years imprisonment with hard labor for directing unlawful trial by ordeal, and three years imprisonment for conspiracy with others now at large.
However, before the sentence was announced, the convicted Village Head, popularly known as ‘Kill and Bury’ pleaded for leniency, asking the Court to temper justice with mercy.
”It’s Totally False And Malicious”, 2Face Debunks Rumour He Got A Banker Pregnant
Nigerian singer, 2face Idibia has debunked reports he got a banker pregnant.
His manager, Efe Omorogbe released a statement debunking the rumor this afternoon, August 13.
Recall that few days ago, 2face came on social media to apologize to his wife, Annie Idibia, for being a “Shitty husband”.
Shortly after he shared his apology post, some social media users claimed he apologized publicly because he got a banker pregnant.
The singer has now debunked the report.
Read the statement below…
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