Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
Palpable tension has gripped the residents of Gas Akanbi area of Â Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, following the killing of a cigarette merchant Â by aÂ five-member gang of suspected cultists.
In the melee, THISDAY gathered that the residents of the area decided to scamper for safety as a result of the sporadic gunshots after the incident.
It was gathered thatÂ some of the residents of the area had deserted their homes over the development, even as the police were reportedly combing the area, searching for the suspects.
The cigarette merchant, popularly called MM, according to THISDAY checks, was shot in the head by one of the suspected cult gang and he died instantly.
It was further learnt Â that Â the cult gang had stormed MMâ€™s shop to buy cigarette, but he said the commodity was not available.
One of the suspected cult gang at that point pointed to the cigarette inside the shop, to which MM replied had already been bought.
The victim was said to have further told the suspected cult gang that the owner of the cigarette was even on his way to collect the pack of cigarette.
At this point, one of the suspected cult gang who was said to be more desperate about the cigarette got angry and reportedly pulled a gun and shot the cigarette merchant in the head.
It was gathered that even as MM was writhing in pain, dead in the pool of his own blood, the suspected cultists who pulled the trigger, went into the shop and took the cigarette pack and they all fled the scene.
When contacted, the spokesman of the Â state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi, Â confirmed the incident.
According to him, â€œI learnt that there was a killing in Gas Akanbi area yesterday (Monday) night, but we are still investigating the incident.â€