The Kwara State Police Command said that it had arrested three suspects over the cult clash that occurred at Budo Oke in Eyenkorin, Asa Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.

PUNCH Metro reported that the clash between the two rival Cult groups had claimed one life while two houses were razed in the Eyenkorin community.

Police gave the name of the victim as Adams Isah who was allegedly stabbed in the chest by a leader of a rival cult group during an altercation.

The Kwara State Police Command in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Ejire-Adeyemi Toun, on Wednesday, stated that the clash erupted at about 1.30am on Tuesday following an altercation between two suspected leaders of rival cult groups in the Eyenkorin community.

“On April 30, 2024, at about 0130hours, an altercation erupted between two suspected cultists identified as Adams Isah, also known as “Number One,” aged 28, and Rasaq Olorunwa, aged 28. Both are male residents of Budo-Oke in Eiyenkorin. The altercation escalated, resulting in Rasaq Olorunwa stabbing Adams Isah in the chest with a knife.

“Adams Isah was immediately rushed to the General Hospital in Ilorin for medical attention. Tragically, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital by a medical doctor. The corpse has been deposited at the hospital’s mortuary awaiting an autopsy.

“Following this incident, suspected members of the same cult group of the victim became violent, disturbing the peace of the public in a bid to avenge the death of their leader.”

The police command noted that its tactical teams swiftly responded and apprehended three suspects at the scene of the crime, namely, Sulaiman Ismail, ‘M’, Mamud Ibrahim, ‘M’, and Mudashir Saheed, ‘M’, all residents of Budo-Oke, Eiyenkorin. A Dane gun was found in their possession at the time of arrest.

“The suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Ilorin, for further investigation, while a manhunt has been launched to track down Rasaq Olorunwa who is presently at large and other culprits involved in the crime who may have fled the scene”, the police further said in the statement.

Ejire-Adeyemi said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Victor Olaiya, asserted that membership of any cult group is a serious criminal offence under the laws of Nigeria, which are applicable in the state.

The CP assured the public that normalcy had been restored to the area adding that stringent efforts were underway to ensure that justice was served on the culprits.