Hundreds of residents of Gbekuba, Araromi, Akilapa, Oladele and Agbofieti communities in Apata area of Ibadan on Saturday protested against attack on the chairman of the landlords association of the area by suspected ritualists.
The residents, who trooped out in their large numbers also expressed their displeasure over incessant dumping of materials used for rituals at strategic junctions within the community by the group of suspected ritualists allegedly heads by one Lekside.
It was gathered that the Chairman of Ifelodun Estate Landlords/Landladies’ Association, Engr. Samuel Kolawole Olayinka, was rushed to hospital after he was attacked by suspected ritualists for preventing them from placing fetish objects in the community.
Olayinka, who is also the chairman of the Association of Water Well Drilling, Rig Owners and Practitioners (AWDROP), Oyo state chapter, drew the wrath of the ritualists, numbering about 12, after calling the attention of night guards to prevent them from placing down the sacrifice.
The Chairman, who was driving back home with his wife in his official vehicle, on sighting the ritualists in white clothes and fetish objects in their hand, beamed the headlight of his vehicle at them and shouted.
Olayinka then drove back and called on the leader of night guards on duty to come and assist in driving the suspected ritualists away from the scene.
Residents said on getting back to the scene, the suspected ritualists seized the chairman and the night guard and dragged the duo into their expansive compound located close to the junction.
He was reportedly beaten to coma by the suspected ritualists, who also vandalised his official vehicle.
They said this development consequently made hundreds of residents of the communities, who were already tired of sighting rituals at strategic junctions within the area early in the morning, to stage a protest against the leader of the suspected ritualists, simply identified as Lekside.
Residents of the area were particularly disturbed that Lekside, who is in his late twenties had five different multi – million naira mansions within the community, and always surrounds himself with young men and women.
The protesters insisted that Lekside and his cohorts must vacate the community.
It took the intervention of a team of policemen from the Apata police station before the situation could be put under control.
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