A cobbler named Wale was reportedly hacked to death in the Bariga neighborhood of Lagos State by alleged cultists seeking retribution for the murder of one of their number.
According to reports, a cult killed Moses, alias Loworo, on Tapa Street in the state’s Bariga region on Thursday, March 16, in retaliation for one of their own being killed by a rival cult.
This happened the day after some members of a cult group killed Ayo, a member of a different sect, in a community in the Shomolu region of the state.
In a bid to avenge Ayo’s death, his colleagues trailed his suspected killers to Bariga where they launched a reprisal on Moses.
Following Moses’ death, his colleagues again decided to go after a relative of his killers in the community.
It was in the process that they targeted Wale, who was said to be an elder brother to one of their rivals and inflicted machete cuts on him.
A source who did not want his name in print for security reasons, said, “A gang of five boys trailed Wale to his shop at Sungas Bus Stop but did not find him. They were later told that he went to purchase some items close to Idi-Aba Bus Stop.
“On getting there, they saw him and decided to attack him but he ran away. They later caught up with him while he was trying to navigate a corner close to Akinwale Bus Stop and started to cut him with a machete. He was later left for dead.”
It was gathered that the police visited the scene of the incident with the hope of rescuing him but could not find him at the spot.
The source said his brother and some members of his gang arrived at the spot before the police.
“He was still breathing and lying in a pool of blood when they got there. He was later rushed to the hospital where the doctors on duty tried to save him but he was pronounced dead around 2pm.
“The police also visited the hospital and by the time they got there, his corpse had already been taken away by his relatives for burial,” the source added.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, when contacted, said, “No such incident was reported to the police.”