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Tuesday August 8
The Nigerian police forcefully apprehended members of the Eiye Confraternity (Eiye in Yoruba means bird) in an attempt to halt their malicious activities in parts of the Lagos Metropolis.
According to Gistmania.com, the Supreme Eiye Confraternity (also known as the National Association of Air Lords) was formed at the University of Ibadan in 1965, also affiliated with the Eiye Secret Society, which exists in the western part of Nigeria, it was formed by the following students: Goke Adeniji, Dele Nwakpele, Bayo Adenubi, Bode Fadase, Tunde Aluko, Kayode Oke, and Bode Sowunmi among others. It was named Eiye Group and later metamorphosed into Supreme Eiye Confraternity (SEC).
This cult group was established to make positive impact on the sociopolitical, cultural, physical, and mental development of its members. However, as can be found in fraternal groups across the globe, some group members have used the medium to steal, damage property, and intimidate innocent souls in society.
Usually called the 8/8 Festive Celebration (August 8) of the cult group that was planned to take place across some notable areas like Ikorodu, Ijesha, Itire, Festac and Shita within Lagos State; the celebration apparently did not occur, thankfully for civilians as the group uses it as a platform to destroy lives and property.
According to eyewitness reports, the Ijeshatedo Local Government Area and Itire/Ikate Local Government Area, saw cult members with cutlasses, daggers and guns, causing residents and shop owners to flee for safety, despite the cancellation of the “festive celebration.” However, the arrival of security personnel brought normalcy back to the area as they arrested some of the cult members.
An attempt to seek for the swift reactions of the Division Police Officer of Itire Police Station proved abortive as attempts to ask about the name of the suspects or details into a criminal investigation were declined.
A resident of the LGA, Jacob Ali, a shop owner along Ijesha road, revealed that he was surprised with the actions of the cult group on that fateful day.
The shop owner had this to say, when I asked him how he felt about the confraternity: “I don’t understand why things of this nature are allowed to happen in our country. What’s 8/8 in this level of modern society that we live today? This so called Eiye Confraternity almost took to the street, demonstrating, and displaying their weapons, which caused so much panic amongst passersby and residence living within that area. Anyway, I am glad that the police force was on hand to arrest some of them who wanted to engage them without fear.”
In the same vein, Ogbonna Agu, a business person residing along Baruwa street, Ijesha, said that the celebration of 8/8 by the cult group shouldn’t have been allowed at the initial stage by the Nigerian Police Force.
“I am really shocked with the event that took place in Ijesha considering the fact that these cult guys almost injured innocent citizens who are just going about with their business for the day. I urge the Nigerian Police Force to ensure that they halt subsequent plan celebration from holding, Agu said.