File photo: Ikorodu area
According to a report by The PUNCH, a 35-year-old pregnant woman, Risikat Saliman, was shot dead during a bloody clash between suspected cult groups at Aleke community in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
It was gathered that dozens of suspected cultists invaded Aleke community market around 8 p.m. and started shooting indiscriminately, killing the woman on Thursday.
The Baale of Aleke, Chief Adeniyi Okemati, said the hoodlums had gunned down the mother of two before the arrival of policemen from Imota Division.
“I don’t know why they are terrorising our people. We want Lagos State Government to intervene so that we can collectively curb the menace to enable my people to sleep with their two eyes closed,” the Baale said.
The brother of the deceased, Mr Babatunde Saliman, told NAN that the hoodlums arrived at the market around 8 p.m.
He said, “I met her at the market lying in a pool of blood; some of her friends who came to the scene confirmed that she was pregnant.
“Her corpse has been released by the police and was taken to Ikorodu General Hospital mortuary in preparation to transport her to her home town in Kwara State,” he said.
He called on the police to investigate the killing and ensure perpetrators of the evil act that took the life of his sister were brought to justice.
Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos State, Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the killing, said that the cult clash was between “Aiye and Eiye” confraternity.
He added that policemen have restored normalcy to the area while the matter had been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Lagos.
“The woman was killed by a stray bullet when the two rival cults of ‘Eiye’ and ‘Aiye’ engaged each other in a supremacy battle.
“The Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, has zero tolerance for cultism. Cultism breeds various other crimes wherever they exist,” he added.