Cultists have designed a new method of drawing unsuspecting youths into their groups.
This new method involves holding parties and inviting young men and women into their gathering. It is there that they forcefully initiate the unwillingly youths.
This information was made public by some members of the deadly Aiye cult, who were recently arrested by the Nigeria Police as part of those that had been terrorizing Ikota Community in Lagos.
During their confession, the young men, who are in their 20s and mid-30s, said they were tricked and forcefully initiated into the group at a birthday party.
“I belonged to Aiye confraternity. I was initiated at Ibadan. I was initiated by my brother, Kehinde. He invited me to a birthday party.
“Moreover, I liked the way Kehinde used to behave. But I didn’t tell him that I wanted to become a cult member,” Ahmed, a 20-year-old man said.
Bibra, a 34-year-old man corroborated Ahmed’s account.
He said: “A friend of mine invited me to a birthday party. On the day of the party, I met him at Ajah Roundabout. He made a call and a commercial bus, filled with men, came to pick us. I thought they too were going to the party.
“After driving for a while, one of them suddenly brought out a black band and blindfolded me. I was scared. I thought they wanted to kill me. The bus drove off again. I started crying and begging them not to kill me.
“They ordered me to shut up. They said if I cried, made a noise or beg, they would shoot me, so, they took me somewhere, pulled off my clothes and started beating me. They later bundled me back into the bus.
“When they removed the blindfold from my eyes, they told me I had become a member of Aiye confraternity. I was angry with my friend. I didn’t ask for it. Why did he do that to me?
“I didn’t want to participate in any of their operation, but I was told I would be killed if I refused. If you don’t go for operation or cooperate with them after initiation, they would kill you. I can tell you that every one of us here, were tricked into becoming a cult member. It was never our wish.”
Daily Post quotes the New Telegraph as saying that young men were arrested by a team of policemen led by Sergeant Etebi Enahoro.
“The suspects were arrested after they allegedly started shooting sporadically on July 16, 2016, at Ilaje, Ajah, around 7pm,” Enahoro said. “They all belonged to the same Aiye confraternity,” he added.
Six of them – Olayinka Agbeto 35, Kunle Odeyemi 29, Lekan Adekoya 26, Balogun Ahmed 22 and Ayobami Ahmed 20, were arrested and taken to police station, police discovered they and four other suspected cult members, Sylvester Bibra 34, aka Gardafi, Dare 27, aka Shokey and Michael Ojintan 20, earlier arrested, knew one another.