In the wake of the Day One of the 14-day-lockdown in Ogun State, that took effect midnight of Friday, April 1, 2020, two young men believed to be members of two rival cult groups have been reported dead during a supposed supremacy conflict between them in Ifo community of the state.
According to the summary of a ‘Keke Marwa’ (Tricycle) operator who recalled that he and his passengers narrowly escaped being caught in-between the crossfire, said that scuffle started so suddenly that it caught everybody unawares, causing instant closure of shops and dispersal of the usually noisy Ifo Market by Abeokuta expressway.
The Marwa operator who preferred anonymity noted that the cultists’ fight was so fierce that the entire community became unsafe for everybody including security forces who were said to have run for safety while the township streets were deserted in a moment.
The two victims whose identities were, however, not released, were said to be residents of Oke Imole and Abule–Ogun areas of Ifo community.
Meanwhile, men of the underworld took advantage of the situation to burgle shops and cart away wares of law-abiding traders who had locked their shops in obedience to the lock-down order.