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Stray bullets kill Plank seller, 10-yr-old girl in Osun

By Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo


Two people hit by stray bullets have reportedly lost their lives during a cult clash between some cult members on Wednesday in Irojo, Ilesa in Osun State.
The clash, it was learnt, broke out between some repentant and active members of same cult group resulting in gun duel.
The Hope Metro gathered that 28-year-old plank seller, identified as Olorunwa, was hit by stray bullets when he went to buy cowpeas for his breakfast
The 10-year-old girl, Ruth Omojola, was also said to have been hit while on motorcycle with her mother and her sibling.
A source told our correspondent that the cult clash started on Tuesday when the leader of a cult group identified as Solo Iwara, who came from Iwaraja launched the attack on renounced cultists in Ilesa.
After a gun duel on Tuesday, Solo Iwara, according to a source, allegedly launched another attack on Wednesday around 9am.
An eyewitness who craved anonymity said Olorunwa was a worker at a sawmill in the area and an easy-going person.
Also speaking, Arojo of Irojo, Olusegun Akeju, in an interview said he called the attention of security agencies to the development immediately he heard the sound of gunshot, urging the aggrieved residents of the area to allow the law take its course.
The police Public Relations Officer of Osun State Command, SP Yemisi Opalola confirmed the incident.
According to the police spokesperson, “Some suspected cultists, one Solo and Bode with their gang from Iwara in Atakunmosa East Local Government of the State shot dead one ThankGod Olorunwa.
“The corpses have been deposited at Wesley Guild Hospital mortuary, Ilesa.”
Opalola said police has intensified its search light for possible arrest and prosecution of the suspected cultists.
Opalola added that the girl died on her way to the hospital.
She said the mother and one other child who were on the same motorcycle sustained injuries.
Opalola said the injured persons are receiving treatment at Wesley Hospital in Ilesa, while the corpse has been deposited at the hospital morgue.
She said efforts are ongoing to arrest the criminals behind the act.

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