August 18, 2015 – Kwara State Polytechnic Cult Clash: Aiye & Eiye Confraternities In Bloody War In Ilorin Kwara State, 16 Students Murdered
At least 16 people died over the weekend in clashes of suspected cult members in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The bloody war that started from the Kwara State Polytechnic campus later spread to different parts of the city, killing 16.
Trouble started over the weekend during the Students’ Union Government’s election when a cultist was shot dead by members of Eiye confraternity.
Another victim was later killed at Asa Dam Road area of Ilorin by the same cult group.
An eyewitness account said the death triggered reprisals and a renewed clash among members of the Eiye and Aiye confraternities, adding that it later spread to other parts of the metropolis, including: Agbooba, Baboko, Sabonline, Irewolede and Niger Road.
A resident of Niger Road said: “It all started around 4pm at the weekend. A victim who lived at Agbooba was killed beside a bridge close to the filling station at Oja Tuntun area of Ilorin.
“Another body was found at a popular hotel, on Sunday. One suspected cult member was murdered at Irewolede yesterday. The deceased was chased to the area and was matcheted by his assailants,” the source said.
A students’ leader, who pleaded for anonymity, confirmed last night that there was a violent attack last Thursday, which left an unidentified student seriously injured.
But he denied knowledge of any reprisal attacks on the campus.
The student said: “I can confirm to you that there was an attack on campus last Thursday carried out by unidentified persons. We are still trying to know their identity.
“The attackers are on the run; the police and Department of State Services operatives are aware of the incident. The victim of the attack is not yet confirmed dead but he is seriously injured. He was rushed to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) in Oke-Oyi, Ilorin.
“I cannot confirm if the Thursday incident led to any reprisal but there was no killing on our campus, Kwara Polytechnic. Although we heard about clashes in several areas, which are far away from the school, I can confirm none of our students was involved.”
30 suspects have been arrested by Ilorin Police Command in connection with the gruesome murder.