CITIZENS COMPASS– A Chieftain of the National Union of Road Transport Workers NURTW, Sulaimon Lawal Onaolapo popularly known as ‘Arikuyeri’ has lost his life following an attack by suspected cultists around Owode, along Mile 12-Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
He was hacked to death on Sunday morning after his assailants traced him from Mile 12 to the scene of the incident.
The attack was said to be an offshoot of a supremacy fight among the union members.
Eyewitnesses’ account said the supremacy fight started before now leading to the attack of some people around Mile 12 and Bariga bit things took a different turn on Sunday as the Chieftain was hacked to death.
42 years old ‘Arikuyeri’ was until his death in charge of the Mile 12 motor park.
The supremacy fight as gathered, led to the various camps seeking support from Aiye and Eiye cult groups as the deceased was alleged to be the leader of Eiye cult group in the area.
At press time, there was panic around Mile 12, Owode-Onirin and their environs over fear of a reprisal attack.
A resident, Mr Abiola Ajayi in a telephone conversation with Citizens Compass said, ‘Arikuyeri’s death may trigger further attacks in the area. “We are in trouble, we are in trouble. Cultists can strike anytime because ‘Ariku’ is not a small boy. His boys will surely retaliate,”
Ajayi said though men of the Nigeria Police are on patrol in the area but residents were living in fear.
Benjamin Hundeyin, Spokesperson, Lagos State Police Command, confirmed the tragic incident.
He said normalcy has been restored by security operatives.
“One person died but normalcy has been restored. Police are on the ground,” he said.