We’ve lost 45 people to cultist attacks ―Ilorin community

Ilorin community

Stephen Oladele

About 45 people have been reported killed in Ilorin attacks by suspected cult members in the last 17 months.

National president of the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Union (IEDPU), Ambassador Sheik Uthnan-Abdulazeez, who gave the figure said many families in the Ilorin community were affected by the killings.

Uthnan-AbdulAzeez made the disclosure on Tuesday at an interactive session organised by the Union with Islamic clerics and Chief Imams of various mosques in the Ilorin emirate and beyond.

The interactive session was aimed at reminding the Islamic Clerics to centre their sermons during Ramadan and beyond on eradication of social vices in Ilorin emirate which are rampant in the present time and which the community is campaigning vigorously against.

The Kwara state police command had last week paraded Mohammed Soliu, a son of a former spokesman of the command who is from the Ilorin community for alleged murder and membership of Aiye confraternity cult group.

The command also paraded five, an alleged notorious cultist, Abolaji Safti Ojulari, of Kankatu area of Ilorin community saying that the suspect alongside 13 of his accomplices had killed 11 people, including a notorious hoodlum Bayo Ajia, between 2016 and 2018.

Uthnan-Abdulazeez urged Islamic clerics in the state to complement the efforts to eradicate cultism and other vices in the state through their sermons.

He described the killing by suspected cult members as alarming and said there was urgent need to address the matter.

The IEDPU president lamented that several residents of the Ilorin emirate and beyond were living in perpetual fear of insecurity of their lives and property and frowned at what he described as alarming rate of sales and dealing with human parts in various parts of the state.

“It saddens the Union that several youths in Ilorin are now smoking Indian hemp including some Islamic clerics”, he said and tasked the Islamic leaders to be vigorous in campaigning against the vices.

Uthnan-Abdulazeez advised the Islamic clerics to shun rivalry among themselves and see themselves as one indivisible entity with common goal to eradicate social problems and insecurity in the state.

In his remarks, Chief Imam of Radio Kwara Ilorin, Uztas Olayiwola Abdulsalam, urged his colleagues to always be conscious of what they write and utter during sermons to ensure a peaceful society

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