Cultists clash in Kwara, kills key member of rival group
*Police confirm incident, investigation continues
Suspected cultists on Friday night in Ilorin struck. They killed an alleged member of a rivalry group. The deceased identified as Owolabi Opepe is popularly called ‘Owo.’ Owolabi is said to be a member of the ‘Eiye’ confraternity, while the assailants allegedly belonged to Aiye group.
www.gongnews.net learnt that the deceased was a graduate of the Kwara State Polytechnic and was working with the National Museum in Osogbo.
A source told this newspaper that the victim was a staunch member of the Eiye confraternity since his days in the polytechnic.
He said Owolabi returned to Ilorin from his station on Friday evening to spend the weekend when the rivals got knowledge of his presence in town and subsequently, laid ambush for him and killed him.
The deceased, the source said was killed in front of the old maternity wing of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) at Amilegbe in the heart of the Kwara state capital.
Owolabi was said to have gone to a supermarket in the area to buy somethings when the assailants tracked him there, shot him and smashed his head.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Kwara Police Command, DSP Ajayi Okasanmi, confirmed the incident.
Okasanmi said that the victim was suspected to have been a cultist.
“Yes, the guy was shot in the skull. We suspect he was a cult member, but we are carrying out further investigation on that,” he said.