Reporting from Punch,,

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]uspected cultists in the Mushin area of Lagos on Wednesday allegedly dragged  a motorist out of a commercial bus and buried him alive. There have been an upsurge of cult clashes in Mushin and and other area of the state recently. The victim, who is yet to be identified is believed to be on his way to Oyingbo when he was accosted by the gang around Total bus stop. Jacob Amos, an eyewitness said the incident happened around 8pm on Wednesday. He said he immediately told policemen at the Alakara police division  of the incidence.

[pull_quote_center]“The man was in the bus when he was dragged out at Total bus stop. They brought him into Mushin and I immediately alerted the policemen from Alakara. “The police went to Adewusi Street, and searched the place for more than one hour, but they did not find anything. They patrolled the place and when they did not see anything, they left. “Around 10pm when everybody had gone home, they brought the man to the Railway Line and push him from head down into a filled canal. Only his leg was sticking out.” The victim was said to have died soon afterwards. The police later arrived on Thursday to remove the corpse. A witness, who did not identify himself, said the police ordered him to pull out the corpse from the murky water. Friends of the deceased from Market Street, Oyingbo, were said to have shown up to identify him. A resident lamented that the police in the area, were not doing enough to stop the gang war in Mushin. He said it was the second time in a week that people from the Oyingbo area would be hounded and killed in Mushin. He said, “The police in this area have been compromised. When we called them yesterday that someone had been captured around Oyewusi Street, an informant of the cultists whom we suspect work with the police, quickly alerted the guys and they left the place.[/pull_quote_center]

“They brought the victim to our side to make it look as if we are responsible for his death. Their plan is to set the Oyingbo boys against us and trigger a war.” Residents of the area alleged that the increased killing of suspected cult members from Oyingbo was orchestrated by one Rilwan, aka Itakun. Other men said to be in the group are White, Ese Chicago, Ina, Anarchy and Riliwanu. The source said Itakun, who use to live in Oyingbo was forced to leave the area after clashes with cult members in the area. [quote_box_center]“After he left, he started living in Mushin with a gang member. Later, he decided to start paying back those he perceived as the leaders of the gang in Oyingbo. “Last week, he invited one Tunde Eleto to Mushin and the man was stabbed and shot dead by his squad,” he added.[/quote_box_center]

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