The cult war between members of the Eiye Confraternity and Black Axe in Bariga and Somolu areas of Lagos State was reignited on Monday, after two youths identified as Wale Rewire and Moliki Ibadan, were stabbed to death.
Two other occupants of the dilapidated house where they were killed, Michael Edem and Samuel Umeh, were also stabbed and shot but survived after policemen attached to Bariga Division came to their rescue.
It was learnt that the killing was a reprisal for the murder of another cult member, Isiaka Oyefeso, who was allegedly killed by members of the Black Axe last Tuesday on Okesuna Street, Somolu.
According to reports, the assailants were about 30 in in number, all wearing black shirts.
A resident in that area said, “one of the occupants of the room came out at midnight to make a telephone call and then left. A few minutes later, about 30 hoodlums wielding knives, cutlasses, guns and broken bottles stormed the room and descended on the occupants, leaving them for dead.
“It is believed that the fifth occupant of the room was the one that gave information to the cult members.”
A police source said that the incident occurred about 4am, adding that they got a distress call at about 3am that hoodlums were operaitng but could not locate the exact house on time. When they got there two persons were already but they rescued two of the victims and took them to a hospital.
It was learnt that the fifth occupant of the room, who was said to have tipped off the cultists, had been arrested.
A senior police officer attached to Bariga Division, said that the assailants were from Johnson, Somolu and he identified the prime suspect as Elewure, a suspected cultist, who is on the police wanted list for murder and robbery.