Many people were on Wednesday morning feared injured and properties looted after rival cult groups clashed at Ikosi in Ketu, Lagos.
The clash was said to have started on Tuesday night on Ikosi Road, with the factions using guns, cutlasses and bottles without caution.
This is happening barely 48 hours after the state government signed into law, the 21-year jail term for cultists, members of unlawful society.
Rival cult groups clash, a territorial based violence
It was gathered that the violence was a result of control of territory and revenue generation from the Ketu fruit market.
The Nation reports that the battle for control of the territory between members of the Aiye and Eiye cult groups has over the years led to deadly clashes in the Ketu and Ikorodu areas of the state.
According to residents, Wednesday’s violence commenced around 6:25 am at Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) park, Ketu Bus Stop as passengers waiting to board buses to work were attacked by armed hoodlums.
The thugs were said to have robbed innocent bystanders including students at knife-point, while others went about setting people’s properties ablaze.
Residents who took to social media to raise alarm about the outbreak of violence lamented that the chaotic situation continued for several hours in front of the Local Government secretariat without intervention from law enforcement agencies.