Police nabs five for murder of graduate in Lagos

Written by on February 1, 2018

Five suspected cult members have been arrested by the police in connection with the murder of a graduate, Sadiq Saka, near the gate of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto-Ijanikin,, Lagos State.

The suspects were apprehended by the police from the Ijanikin division.

The suspects were identified simply as Daniel, 36; Richard, 18; Jamiu, 30; Remix, 27 and 20-year-old Adekunle.

Saka, 26, was said to have recently graduated from the affiliate of Ekiti State University on the college of education’s campus.

It was learnt that Saka was shot and hacked to death near the campus gate by some cult members around 8pm on Sunday.

It was gathered that the attack was the fallout of a supremacy battle between two rival cults – Eiye and Aye confraternities.

Saka had reportedly planned to enter the campus on Monday to process some documents that would enable him to go for the National Youth Service Corps.

It was learnt that he checked into a hotel around the school on Sunday to pass the night.

Some members of the Eiye cult were said to have sighted him at the hotel and given him a chase towards the school gate.

They reportedly shot him at close range and subsequently descended on him with machetes, inflicting injuries in his head.

News men learnt that hoodlums fled while Saka was rushed to the Badagry General Hospital where he was confirmed dead.

A student, who gave his name only as Emmanuel, told News men that the incident caused panic as traders in the area closed shops.

He urged the school authorities and the police to find a lasting solution to the recurrent cult clashes.

He said, “The war between Eiye and Aye cult members has been on for long. They attack each other almost on a yearly basis and cause confusion around the campus.

“The person that was killed that day just graduated from the Ekiti State University on the AOCOED campus. I learnt that he wanted to process some documents for his NYSC on Monday, so he decided to pass the night at a hotel.

“Those who had been on his trail saw him and gave him a chase. He was shot near the school gate and hacked to death.”

The student added that some suspects were picked up by a police team from the Ijanikin Police Division, who responded to a distress call.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Chike Oti, confirmed the killing and arrest of five suspects, adding that the police were on the trail of the other perpetrators of the crime.

Oti, a Superintendent of Police, said the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, was determined to rid institutions across the state of cultism and cult-related violence.

He said, “The police received a distress call that some students suspected to be rival cult members allegedly engaged one another in a supremacy fight at the campus gate. Patrol teams were quickly mobilised to the scene to dislodge them.

“Five of the hoodlums were arrested, while others escaped. One Sadiq Saka was axed on the head during the fight. He was rescued at the scene and rushed to the Badagry General Hospital for treatment. He later died and his corpse was deposited in the hospital’s morgue for autopsy. Effort is being made to arrest other fleeing hoodlums.”

The PPRO added that the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba, for further investigation.

Efforts to get the comments of AOCOED and EKSU managements to the incident proved abortive as enquiries sent to the institutions’ email addresses had yet to be replied to as of press time.

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