Residents of Iraye, Fakale, Iluoloye, Eyangbe, Okegbodo and other communities in Area Community Development Committee, Ifakowajo, Sagamu Local Government, Ogun State, have called on the government to quickly intervene and support them in stopping insecurity being orchestrated by suspected sects. .
The call followed the recent murder of 19-year-old Moses Joseph in the area.
PUNCH Metro learned that prior to Joseph’s murder in Fakale, the area has witnessed an increase in cult activities since 2017.
While recalling the chaos the suspected sects had unleashed on the residents of the local communities in an interview with PUNCH MetroThe Chairman, Area Community Development Committee of Ifakowajo, Bakare Waheed, who spoke for the communities, urged the government to help them.
Waheed said: “We are facing a lot of security challenges which started on July 7, 2017. We always called it 77 when some cult groups invaded this community and started shooting people.
“We lost no less than seven breadwinners from different families. We have since then approached the appropriate authority.
“In 2018 we recorded the same sad event. We had to write to the Nigerian police for security support. We are at the border; getting to Lagos is easy. Maybe they are moving here because of the heat they are facing for in Lagos.
“On September 20, 2022, we had a similar incident where we saw vehicles in their numbers and over 200 motorcycles with no less than three persons on each of the motorcycles firing different types of weapons. The sad event started in a community called Iraye and spread to Fakale, Iluoloye, Eyangbe and Okegbodo. They went around robbing these communities, phones, motorcycles and other valuables were stolen from these residents.”
The Commander of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in Fakale, Fatai Owolaranfe, also said: “We have had similar challenges in the past. But with the joint efforts of the leaders of the community and the king of the community, we were able to extinguish the tension.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, had earlier told PUNCH Metro that “The police are aware of this matter and an investigation has been started. The case is linked to some cult activities and the police have already started an investigation into the case.”