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Exclusive: How security guard escapes cultists attack, leaves Nigeria

Several months after he escaped death by a whisker, 41-year-old security guard, Azeez Aberejo may have relocated his family out of the country due to attacks by the suspected cult group, Aiye Confraternity.

Our reporter gathered from one of his former neighbours and close friend that Aberejo may have moved his family to the West African country due to the activities of cultists who were alleged to be looking for him.

Aberejo was said to have told one of his friends that his life and that of members of his family were in danger.

Aberejo had from his hideout raised alarm over incessant harassment by a suspected cult group, identified as Aiye Confraternity, and appealed to the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola to protect him and his family.

He said the menace has become unbearable adding, “I am using this medium to appeal to Governor Fashola to direct whosoever needs to be directed to do the needful.

“I want the Governor to direct the attention of the Police Command and the Divisional Police Officer, the Central Police station to come to our rescue, through constant patrols,” he said.

According to him, doing this would reduce the risk that the people faced daily, in the hands of the boys who do all sorts of harm to them.

He said that the community security outfit lacked the wherewithal to curb the menace of the boys moving around with weapons.

Aberejo was a member of a vigilante group that busted an operation of a cult gang from stealing from a commercial stall around the Igando area of Lagos State, sometime in June 2014.

The cult gang was said to have broken several shops and were about to enter a big supermarket when the vigilante guards encountered them and arrested two of the cultists while others escaped.

According to a source, a few days after the operation, the cultists regrouped for reprisal attacks on members of the vigilante group and decided to visit them at their homes.

It was gathered that two of the security guards, Abiodun Adeleye and James were already hacked to death by the dreaded cult group.

Meanwhile, a community leader in the Igando area, who spoke with our reporter on the condition of anonymity urged the Lagos State government not to continue to treat the issue of cultism with kid gloves.

He said residents of the Igando area of Lagos State are living in fear over activities of members of a cult group, who he said have been terrorizing them in recent times.

The leader called on the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, to come to their aid, disclosing that daily the cultists attack residents of the area at the close of work and the early hours of the day.

He said they had filed several complaints at the Igando Divisional Police Headquarters.

The leader noted that cultism is one of the major problems confronting Igando and its environs and, should be addressed by any Commissioner of Police posted to the state.

According to him, the rate at which youths in the state, joined different cult groups is worrisome, pleading with law enforcement agents to stop them, sometimes during initiations, at the late hours of the night.

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