IJEBU-ODE —Two persons were killed by suspected cult members in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Wednesday evening.
The incident occurred at Ajegunle-Ijada and Ishado areas of the town.
According to reports, the victims, Lekan Ojaewele, 22, and Muyiwa Adeyemi, 20, were apprentices in the barbing and electronics businesses.
Investigations, however, revealed that the deceased were accidental victims as their bosses were the targets.
While Ojaewele was said to have been killed on his way to his boss’ shop by the cultists, Adeyemi was murdered while sleeping inside a shop belonging to his boss.
An eyewitness, who preferred anonymity, said the cult members came on motorcycles to launch the attacks.
Mr Yemi Odukoya,Head of Ijebu-Ode vigilance group, said the victims died in retaliatory attacks launched over the killing of a member of the Aye cult by the Eiye cult, Tuesday night.
Odukoya, who lamented the incessant killings in the town by cult groups, said his security outfit could not do much due to limited resources.
DSP Muyiwa Adejobi, Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incidentand urged members of the community to assist the police with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the hoodlums.
He said: “These bad elements live among the people in the community and they can only be fished out with useful information by the people.”
He said security in the town had been beefed up with the deployment of more officers from the neighbouring command while efforts were on to nab the hoodlums.