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Man Killed For Refusing To Join Cult

A 20-year-old man Adeleke Awosiga has been killed at a birthday party by some cultists at Isheri Berger area of Lagos State.

Xavier Ndanyongmong

Tears and grief have enveloped the Awosiga’s family in Mowe, area of Ogun State following the death of their 20-year-old son alleged to have been killed by a cult group at the Berger Isheri area of Lagos state. The deceased Adeleke Awosiga, was killed at a birthday party organised by his friend, one Anu Olokodana, popularly known as T-Fire, when a disagreement broke out between them at the party.

Sources said the deceased and his assailant are childhood friends and had been at loggerheads because Olokadana, could not persuade him to join his cult. Olokodana, had invited friends including the deceased to a hotel at Isheri, penultimate Saturday to celebrate his birthday where they drank and danced to their satisfaction. It was gathered that trouble started at about 4.30am when the celebrant’s girlfriend one Rashida Musco Oponmija, was dancing with another boy and the deceased requested to dance with her but she declined and replied ‘are we mates? The deceased felt insulted and replied that he was older than her.

According to our source, the incident generated an argument and one other person identified as Iyanu Liasu, slapped the deceased and they fought. Sources said the deceased and Liasu were pushed out of the dancing hall while some other friends went out to settle their differences and they were later allowed to go back to the hall. It was gathered that the deceased along with other friends left the dancing hall to the hotel’s swimming pool and when the party was over the deceased had come out of the pool and asked his friend one Damola, to go and bring his clothes at where they were kept and when Damola, returned Adeleke, was nowhere to be found.

Another source said at that point, the celebrant had challenged the deceased over the old disagreement and the celebrant’s friends including one simply identified as Favour, who belong to the same cult group had pounced on the deceased and held him “ Anu then twisted his neck, he died and was pushed into the swimming pool”.

It was gathered that the whole place was immediately deserted leaving few friends of the deceased who searched and recovered the deceased from the swimming pool. Sources said the deceased was rushed to a nearby hospital with the help of policemen who were on patrol but he was confirmed dead and the corpse was taken to the General hospital Yaba mortuary where it was deposited for autopsy. The suspect Olokodana, and his girlfriend Rashida, are said to be on the run and efforts by the police and other search party to trace them have failed. Already two suspects have been arrested by the police in connection with the incident.

The suspects who were on a spy mission had gone to the Awosiga’s family compound where youths were gathered and were trying to gather information on the family’s plan on the incident. “Since they were not familiar faces we challenged and requested to know their mission but they were unable to explain. “We apprehended them and took them to the Mowe, police station where they revealed that they belong to the same cult group with Olokodana and they were sent by him to find out what the family of the deceased were planning” our source said.

The suspects had since been transferred to the Homicide section of the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) Panti for a discreet investigations. Speaking to The Union at the weekend in his house head of the family of the deceased Evangelist Adeyemi Awosiga of the Celestial Church of Christ Mowe 3 condemned the act and call for justice. “It is wrong for anyone to terminate another person’s life just like that. The family is grief, all we want is justice. The suspect must be made to face the wrath of the law,” he stated. Mrs Ololade Awosiga, made a special appeal to the Lagos State Governor Akinwumi Ambode and the Commissioner of Police Cornelius Aderanti to intervene and use this incident as a special case to ensure that justice prevail as it will serve as a deterrent to other youths in the state to stem the wave of cultism among youths.

Meanwhile, the suspected cult gang have in a show of supremacy and in solidarity to their wanted leader have subjected residents of Cele, Ibedu and its environs to intermittent attacks. The terror group numbering about 30 masked and armed with weapons had stormed the area at about 8pm specifically penultimate Monday where they ransacked shops, residence and robbed people of their belongings. The suspects were conveyed to the area in three buses where the robbed residents of their valuables ranging from money, mobile telephones and others valuables while those who resisted or had nothing to offer them were severely injured.

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