Neo-Black Movement (Black Axe) members on a procession.

By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta

A renewed clash between the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Black Axe Confraternity in Ijebu-Igbo, the relatively peaceful town in Ijebu-Igbo North Local Government Area of Ogun State on Thursday claimed the lives of three people.

The pre-dawn attack, according to an eye witness account occurred around 4:30am. Two of the victims were killed at Ojowo area of the town during the attack, while the third victim, identified simply as Owolabi, alias Aburo Obasanjo, was hacked to death at the lorry station of the town around 4am.

The Police Command spokesman, Mr. Abimbola Oyeyemi, who confirmed the attack disputed the figure of the victims, saying that only one person was killed and not three.

Oyeyemi said, “just one person was found dead in a location within the town in the morning with machete cuts”.

The latest killings bring the number of persons killed in Ijebu – Igbo  through cult – related violence to nine in the last five weeks.

In one of such killings which occurred in the first week of April, four persons, including a Police Inspector, were hacked to death in a clash between the Black Axe and OPC members.

Already, the Police have  arraigned 34 people before an Ijebu – Igbo Magistrate court in connection with that violent clash.

The suspects are Dayo Ogunnaike, Demola Ogungbesan, Gbenga Odutayo, Sobanjo Damilola, Taofeek Ashiru, Abayoyomi Sarafa, Fatai Adaramola, Kehinde Agba, Ogun Saheed, Rotimi Emmanuel and 24 others.

The suspects were charged for conspiracy, murder, belonging to unlawful society, unlawful possession of arms  among others.

The suspects had been remanded in prison custody pending hearing of the cade on the adjourned date of June 6, 2018.

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