Suspected members of a cult group have snapped a man’s neck and dumped his body inside a swimming pool. The offence of the victim, Adeleke Awosiga, was that he asked the girlfriend of one of the cult members for a dance. Awosiga was murdered at Isheri area of Lagos State on June 13, around 4pm, at a birthday party. A witness said trouble started after Awosiga approached the celebrant’s girlfriend, Rashida Oponmiga, and requested to have a dance with her.
“The lady, however, declined. This apparently annoyed the cult members who had been urging him to join them and had tagged him an enemy after he refused. “One of the cult members, Iyanu Liasu, slapped Awosiga for asking Rashida for a dance. This led to a fight between Liasu and Awosiga,” the witness said.
According to reports, The lady in question is the girlfriend of the celebrant, Anu Olokodana, popularly known as ‘T-Fire’. When the uproar was getting too noisy, the hotel management ordered everyone out of its vicinity. When Awosiga was sent out of the hotel along with his friends, they moved towards the swimming pool area.
This was where Awosiga was killed and his body dumped inside the pool. The father of the deceased, Mr Adeyemi Awosiga, said: “I was told that the celebrants and the cult members pounced on my son and held him while one Liasu twisted his neck. They later pushed him into the hotel swimming pool. They fled thereafter.” The matter was later reported at the Isheri Police Division. The police recovered his body and deposited it at Military Hospital Mortuary, Yaba. Since Awosiga’s murder, Liasu and Rashida have been on the run.
Two of the gang members were, however, arrested. The mother of the deceased, Mrs Ololade Awosiga, said: “I want the killers of my son to be brought to book. I never knew his friends were cult members.” The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the incident. He added that the two suspects had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos.