By Evelyn Usman & Ebere Aham
A self-acclaimed member of Eiye confraternity
yesterday gave a graphic description of how he
murdered one of his rivals during a birthday party
held in Mushin area of Lagos last week.
Arrested alongside the 22-year-old suspect was his
alleged accomplice. The deceased, a commercial motorcyclist, identified as Sura Abiola Lateef, was reportedly attacked along
with his friend, when they stepped out to buy sachet
water. While his friend, identified as Rilwan, was said to have managed to escape with a deep cut in the neck,
same could not be said of Lateef, who was stabbed in
different parts of his body and abandoned in the pool
of his blood and he bled to death.
Briefing newsmen on activities of cultists in the
state, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr
Fatai Owoseni, said the command had launched a
manhunt for cultists, disclosing that over 20
suspected cultists had been arrested between October
18 and 21, 2015.
Among them were 22-year-old Morufu Liadi and
Rilwan Balogun who confessed to have had a hand in
the late commercial motorcyclist’s death.
Speaking with Vanguard, Liadi who showed no sign
of remorse, said the killing of late Lateef was to
avenge the death of his elder brother.
He said: “I am a vulcanizer. I was forced to join the
Eiye confraternity last year in order to avenge the
death of my brother who was murdered by cultists
seven years ago. I waited until last year to join
because by then, I was only 15 years old and I was
told that I was too young to join a cult.
“ Last Sunday, I was invited to a birthday bash at
Agbekolade Street, Mushin, where members of Aye
were in attendance. While there, my friend (pointing
to Balogun who sat by his side) showed me a young
man named Lateef, who he said was among those
that murdered my elder brother, Azeez, seven years
ago. He said Lateef was one of Aye’s hit men.
“Immediately I got up to challenge him (Lateef ) and
to my surprise, the person with him brought out a
gun. He fired some shots at me but none penetrated.
At that moment, they both took to their heels. But
Lateef fell and I used that opportunity to stab him on
any part of the body I could lay my hands on. I did
that to avenge the death of my brother .“
On his part, Balogun, a Junior Secondary School 3
drop out, claimed he was not a cultist. Although he
admitted to have pointed the deceased to Liadi, he
said he did not witness the murder.
The suspects, according to the command boss, will be
charged to court thereafter.
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