Eiye Confraternity leader, Small Jpron, has been killed. He was among the 4 suspected cult members who were killed during a gang war in the Somolu and Bariga areas of Lagos State.
The 31 year old was in 2016 paraded at the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters in Ikeja following the killing of five (5) rival cult members.
Small Jpron (real name, Ibrahim Balogun) had just recently returned home from prison under controversial circumstances before meeting with his death.
He was killed along side 3 others identified as, Solomon (aka Solo), Baale and Omooba in an apparent reprisal attacks. Another member identified as Yesuru was also allegedly shot but his whereabouts is however unknown.
The incident reportedly happened when a candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress for the House of Representatives, Ademorin Kuye, held a meeting to thank APC members in the Somolu Federal Constituency for electing him as the party’s candidate ahead of the 2019 election.
Small Jpron was reportedly trailed to the event by suspected members of a rival cult, Aiye Confraternity, reportedly led by Biola. Small Jpron was accused of fleeing with about N500,000 given by a politician in another gathering.
According to report, Small Jpron’s gang members chased Solomon, an Aiye member, and caught up with him around Larex Hotel, Palmgroove, where they smashed a big stone on his head.
Baale and Omooba were also killed in Bariga as the tension spread.
An undisclosed resident who apparently witnessed the incident told Punch that trouble started when Small Jpron was shot around 5pm on Wednesday.
“Kuye on Wednesday called a meeting to thank his supporters for helping him to secure the APC House of Representatives’ ticket. There were over 200 people at the gathering.
“He was still addressing the gathering, which included party faithful, when we heard three gunshots. There was panic in the restaurant as everybody ran helter-skelter.
“We saw that Small Jpron (Balogun) had been hit by bullets. We learnt that he was trailed to the event by some boys who were aggrieved that he fled with over N500,000 given to all of them to share recently.”
According to the undisclosed source, Solomon (aka solo) was spotted at the event.
“Those that pursued him cannot be less than 300. They had different weapons. They caught up with him around Larex Hotel, which is a stone’s throw from the venue of the event. They broke his skull with a big stone and left him in a pool of blood,” he said.
Balogun was rushed to the hospital for treatment. After admitting him, the hospital management alerted the police immediately.
“It was discovered that he had internal bleeding. Someone used a broken louvre to slash him in the back before bullets were pumped into his body. He was initially responding to treatment before he gave up.” An undisclosed police source told Punch.
CSP Chike Oti, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, who confirmed the incident, said that 21 suspects had been arrested.
“Around 5.15pm, the Divisional Police Officer of Pedro Police Station received a call that two persons, later identified as Ibrahim, aka Small Japron, and one Solo, were killed at a political gathering organised by Ademorin Kuye at Home Touch.
“The deceased, who had been involved in several cult clashes, were on the wanted list of the police for leading several cult fights in the Somolu, Bariga, Fadeyi and Ojuelegba areas of the state.
“They were trailed to the gathering by a rival cult, which invaded the arena and attacked people. The fight was, however, brought to an end by the police, who arrived quickly at the scene and made some arrests.
“Unfortunately for the notorious cult members, Ibrahim and Solo, they died from the injuries sustained during the fight.”
He added that the police had warned politicians not to organized any public gathering or rally without informing the police. He added that Kuye did not inform the police of the event.
The arrested suspect had been already transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Yaba.
Small Jpron’s gang members apparently after their leader’s death started destroying properties and vandalizing vehicles in Onajimi, Oreofero, Balogun, Olorunkemi, Popoola and Bashorun streets.
“Those hoodlums were many. They were in threes on each motorcycle as they went from one street to another, destroying people’s property. The vehicles damaged cannot be less than 20. We called the police, but nobody came until the hoodlums left,” an eye witness said.
When the police eventually came, residents said they were just busy arresting innocent people. Adding that shop owners, pharmacists and passerby were arrested.
Mr. Kuye who noted that the hoodlums were not with him, in his response to the statement issued by the police described it as an “irresponsible and stupid statement”, saying that he did not organize any rally.
“The police were not on the ground; there was no rally. I know they are being used by politicians and we know those using them against us.
“I was in a restaurant at Obanikoro with some people. The restaurant is facing Ikorodu Road. We saw people running helter-skelter and seeking refuge. I tried to calm them down and enquired what happened. I was told that there was a gang war at Palmgroove bus stop. The man who owned the restaurant begged me to call the police. I called the DPO at Pedro. I know that campaign has not started. Do you organise a rally at a restaurant?”