Ikorodu Community Cries Out Over Persistent Cult Attack - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Monday, May 24, 2021

Ikorodu Community Cries Out Over Persistent Cult Attack


LAGOS  - Gberigbe Orelade community in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, has called cried out for help over the incessant cult clashes in the community. 

The community leader,  High Chief Gbenga Daraloun Mayan (Baale-Elect) made the call at the weekend while addressing journalists in the community. 

Chief Mayan called on the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Usman Baba and the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Hakeem Odumosu, to save the Community from threats and persistent attacks from alleged cultists being used by some land grabbers.

According to Chief Mayan, they were seeking government intervention to avoid bloodshed which may arise from usurpation of parcels of land in Gberigbe Orelade community.

The Baale elect stated that he has informed Police authorities to checkmate the activities of the cultists which the Police authority has done a lot of good job but the cultists refused to yield to pressure being given to them by the Police.

"Members of the cultists and the land-grabbers have been on rampage in this community, selling land belonging to residents and attacking workers on construction sites, we have informed the Police authorities”.

The Baale- elect however, wants government and the Police authority to call the land grabbers to order for peace to reign in the community.

The family secretary claimed that all cultists driven out from other communities in Lagos State are now being abhorred by Koboko in Gberigbe Orelade Community.

A police source claimed that the said suspect, who was in the company of his gang opened fire as soon as he sighted the operatives, wounding several members of the family and damaging the Police vehicle.

“The family secretary, Alhaji Oshikoya explained that Police team was sent from Abuja in response to petitions we wrote to the Inspector General of Police Alkali Usman Baba in Abuja.

He said this was after armed cultist led by Koboko and the landgrabbers from a family at Gberigbe Orelade came to dislodge him and the entire family from the community.

The secretary alleged that the Kingpin of the cultist Olalekan Abudu (a.k.a Koboko) carried out this dastardly act, out of bitterness and deep frustration suffered from losing four court cases over the land and chieftaincy tussle in the community, both at the Magistrate and High Court levels including the outcomes of all Police mediation parleys held at different times in Lagos and Abuja.

Meanwhile, two operatives of the Nigerian Army 174 Battalion, Ikorodu Lagos State going on their own were attacked by Koboko and his gangs which made the soldiers to reinforce and neutralize the gun wielding guys in the process. 

The sources hinted that, as the Nigerian Army operatives approached the base of the cultist, they came under rapid fire from the group. 

He said,  in a bold and clinical response, the military officers fought back gallantly. The force eventually neutralized the overall kingpin of the cultists popularly known as Koboko who was shot on the right thigh and escaped with bullet wound. 

He was said to have been the brain behind all attacks in Ikorodu axis because he abhorred all cultist who have been sent out from other communities to Gberigbe Orelade community in Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

At the time of filing this report, three policemen and one army officer are receiving treatment having sustained serious bullet injuries.

When contacted on phone, the Police Public Relations Officer CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi could not be reached on phone and refuse to reply a text message sent to him before filing this report.

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