Suspected members of the Eiye Confraternity have stabbed a security guard attached to Aladelola Street, Ketu in Ikosi Isheri Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
The security guard, identified as Chief Idowu Akasoro, 53, was killed and his corpse dumped in a canal by the cult members.
When his corpse was brought out from the canal, his two hands were tied behind his back.
He had knife inflicted stabs on his neck.
Akasoro was killed along with his subordinate, Wasiu Oyesanya, 20.
They were both stabbed to death on Saturday.
Akasoro was the leader of all the vigilante groups in the Ikosi Isheri Local Council Development Area.
The son of Akasoro, Idowu Musa, said: “We were still sleeping when one of my father’s boys came and told us that Wasiu had been killed by the cult group.
“Everybody rushed out.
“When we were searching for the corpse of the late Wasiu, somebody came and said my dad had also been killed.
“We followed the person who brought the news to Maskara Street, while the corpse of my father was later found inside a canal.
“When his corpse was brought out from the canal, we were shocked to see that his two hands were tied behind back before.
“He was stabbed on the neck and he was later dumped inside the canal.”
Musa added that the matter was reported at ‘Area H’ Police Command, Ogudu.
The two corpses were taken away and deposited at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital.
Musa said: “I’m appealing to Lagos State Commissioner of Police to release the two bodies for us to bury because they were Muslims.”
It was also gathered that one of the cultists, simply identified as Drogba, was nabbed when he was about to escape from area.
Drogba was handed over to the police.
When our correspondent visited the street, about seven vehicles were parked on the road.
The vehicles’ windscreen had been were vandalised by youths protesting the murder of the two men.
A resident, who refused to mention his name, said: “We are saddened with the death of the security guards.
“We employed them to provide security for us when we were faced with the threat of armed robbers and cult members.
“We’ve written to the police on the activities of these boys in our area, yet they were not forthcoming.
“We decided to engage the service of the vigilante men.
“Now, two of them had been killed.
“Who will now protect us?
“Even we the landlords knew that the work of the security guards is dangerous.
“When we are sleeping, they would be outside, providing security for us.
“We are working with the police to arrest their killers.”
Other residents alleged that the men were slain by Eiye cult group because they had been frustrating their operations in the area.
A member of the vigilante group in the area who preferred to remain anonymous said: “The cult group had threatened to deal with us since we started guarding the area.
“They said we were disturbing their activities in Ketu and its environs.
“These cult boys are mostly the children of the landlords.
“I and my late colleagues were employed by the Landlord Association of Aladelola Street to guard their street when armed robbers and the cult groups became unbearable for the residents.
“We knew what to do, but we didn’t want to take laws into our hands.
“That was why we are calm.
“If anything went wrong now, the blame will shift to us.”