political crisis   leads to man being on deadly cult groups’ hitlist

One Mr. Jamiu Adebisi is on hitlist of rival cult groups on account of the political crisis that rocked Kwara in the wake of 2003 governorship election in the State.

Recall that the then governor, late Rear Admiral(rtd) Mohammed Alabi Lawal in his reelection bid on the platform of defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, was engulfed in a bitter war with Dr. Olusola Saraki(also late) whose son, Bukola Saraki(now Senate President) vied for the State governorship seat under the umbrella of the Peoples Democractic Party, PDP, and won the election.

Fraught with crisis, the two candidates were believed to have enlisted the supports of rival cult groups; Eiye Confraternity and Black Axe in the run up to the election and after, culminating into the killings of several persons.

Despite the fact that the episode was in the past, it was the genesis of the current prevalence of rival cult groups war in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital which has claimed many lives including that of innocents who were either caught in the crossfire or killed to get at their targets.

Mr. Adebisi drew the wrath of all the cult groups and earned a place on their hitlist after snitching on some of their members for allegedly being behind some killings leading to several arrest and prosecution.

His whereabouts, have however, remained unknown.

June 5, 2017, Mr. Sulaimon Babatunde, a cult member, was arrested in Lagos for allegedly drowning one Ahmed, a cultist, who belonged to a rival group.

Babatunde, who is facing prosecution for murder while being interrogated by police admitted to the crime but defended his cruel act claiming it was reprisal killing after his victim killed his(Babatunde) baby and beat up his wife before relocating to Lagos to escape his wrath.

“We gathered that a faction of a group was planning to install a new leader and one of the leaders opposed this. According to what we gathered, loyalists of the leader who opposed the installation of the new leadership tormented the communities.

“The group engaged shop owners in the areas leading to a free for all which later led to the closure of shops,” Vanguard quoted the Police Public Relations Officer in the State command, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, as saying in April this year after fight broke out among members of a cult group in Baboko and Agaka communities of Ilorin West Local Government Area.

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