Osun residents flee as suspected cultists shoot, set rival ablaze

Suspected cultists have set a man known as Victor ablaze at the Akede area of Osogbo, Osun State.

Punch metro reported that this incident happened around 2pm on Saturday.

Residents around the area reported fled to avoid being caught in the attack.

According to a witness, Victor was trailed by his assailant numbering to nine on three motor cycle.

The correspondent also gathered that Victor was shot numerous times before he was finally set ablaze.

“They attempted to kill him with machetes, but it didn’t work. They also shot him several times. When all that failed, they doused him with petrol and set him ablaze.

“After the man was set on fire, the attackers, who came to our area on three motorcycles, waited for a few minutes before leaving.”

The source explained that after the attackers left the area, some residents moved to the scene and put out the fire before the victim was taken to a hospital in Osogbo.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Yemisi Opalola, said police operatives were on the trail of the perpetrators.

She said, “Investigation has commenced into the matter. Members of a cult attacked the victim. They doused him with petrol and set him ablaze.

“Our men are already on the trail of the perpetrators. The victim is believed to be a member of a rival group. He did not die. He was rushed to a hospital.”

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