Two persons were killed by suspected cult members in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State on Wednesday evening.
The incident occurred at Ajegunle-Ijada and Ishado areas of the town.
The victims, Lekan Ojaewele, 22, and Muyiwa Adeyemi, 20, were apprentices in the barbing and electronics businesses.
Investigations, however, revealed that the deceased were accidental victims as their bosses were the targets.
While Mr. Ojaewele was said to have been killed on his way to his boss’ shop by the cultists, Mr. Adeyemi was murdered while sleeping inside a shop belonging to his own boss.
A witness, who preferred anonymity, said the cult members came on motorcycles to launch the attacks.
Yemi Odukoya, the Head of an Ijebu-Ode vigilance group, said the victims died in retaliatory attacks launched over the killing of a member of the Aye cult by the Eiye cult on Tuesday night.
Mr. Odukoya, who lamented the incessant killings in the town by cult groups, said his security outfit could not do much due to limited resources.
The Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident.
Mr. Adejobi, however, urged members of the community to assist the police with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the hoodlums.
“These bad elements live among the people in the community and they can only be fished out with useful information by the people,’’ Mr. Adejobi said.
He added that security in the town had been beefed up with the deployment of more officers from the neighbouring command while efforts were on to nab the hoodlums.