No less than 10 persons have died in the past few days in Sagamu, Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State, according to SaharaReporters.
Suspected cultists went on the rampage in the town leading to panic among the residents.
The killings among rival groups reportedly took place in different parts of the town in the last one week.
Some witnesses told newsmen that they could no longer sleep with their two eyes closed, Daily Post reports.
On Monday night, it was gathered that there were heavy gunshots across the city, creating tension among residents, who feared being hit by stray bullets.
One person was reportedly shot dead on Monday during the clash between rival cult groups.
A source said, “One thing that surprised me most is that most of them are childhood friends, schoolmates, friends and brothers. But suddenly, in the name of cultism, they turned into enemies. Sagamu was a great town before cultism arrived.
“I could remember we used to go from one carnival to another every Sagamu Day celebration and even during December time. Unfortunately, there is nothing like that again.”
Governor Dapo Abiodun while speaking at the thanksgiving service of the 20th coronation anniversary of the Elepe of Epe, Sagamu, Oba Adewale Osiberu, held at St. John’s Anglican Church, Sagamu, admitted that Sagamu had been notorious for cultism.
The governor had called on traditional rulers to help stem the tide of the menace.
“Today, Sagamu has been notorious for cultism in Sagamu, and the Elepe and the Akarigbo have played a major part in helping us in stemming the tide of cultism. These are some of the things that our monarchs continue to do in assisting us in the building of our future together,” he said.
Confirming the incident, the police spokesman, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said he could not say specifically the number of casualties in the renewed cult clashes.
“I don’t know where people got such figure (of casualty) from. I don’t know about the figure of 10 people being killed; but as of this morning, we have in our custody now, the most wanted cultists in Sagamu.
“In fact, they are two and the two of them are currently in our custody,” Oyeyemi stated.