A notorious cultist, Oriyomi Balogun, 30, alias J-Prompt on Wednesday said he joined the Eiye confraternity in 2009 to avenge the death of his best friend killed by members of Black Axe.
The suspect, who said he was happy to have fulfilled his wish, added that he killed two persons, Femi Wiper and Lekan Akon, who murdered his friend, Sunday Folorunsho.
J-Prompt has been on the wanted list of the police in Lagos for allegedly unleashing mayhem on residents of Shomolu and Bariga.
Although he was alleged to have been involved in various armed robbery operations, the suspect denied the allegation, insisting that he only involved in cult war against the rival cult groups. He said:
“I am a Bird. I belong to Eiye confraternity and we are always fighting with Aiye (Black Axe) over who controls the area. We also fight when they snatch our member’s girlfriend. I joined Eiye because Aiye people killed my best friend in 2009. His death pained me so much and Eiye people came to me that they will help me get revenge if I join them.
“I agreed and that same 2009, we killed Femi Wiper. We killed him during a carnival because he wanted to shoot me and so, when we saw him, he handed his gun over to another of his members who fled. But we caught up with him and used bottle to stab him until he died. Lekan Akon was killed in 2010. Since then I have not killed anyone again but my members have been killing people. I joined in killing the two victims I mentioned because they killed my friend.
“I was arrested last week while we were chasing a robber who came to our area. The robber came last month and stole Brother Wasiu’s motorcycle and when he came again on Saturday for another theft, Brother Wasiu called me and we chased him. As we were about to catch the robber, policemen from Alade Division came and stopped us. They arrested me and took me to the station.
“They said I will have to wait for the DPO to come the following morning and that my mother should come and bail me but when my mother came, the DPO said they should not bail me. I know that it is the sins of the past that have caught up with me because I did nothing wrong on the day of my arrest.
“I do not regret my actions. I take responsibility for it but I want to advise young people that cultism does not pay. They should never repay evil with evil. Our government too is not helping the youth. So many young people who do not intend to take to crime are doing so because no assistance is coming from the government,” he said.