Residents of Ogijo community in Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State have refused to allow the corpse of Tajudeen Raji be buried in the town.
The residents said the deceased was a leading member of a cult group that terrorised the town.
Mr. Raji was on Friday killed in Fadeyi area of neighbouring Lagos State during a clash between rival cult gangs..
The deceased, popularly called Orji Oba Pharaoh, owned a house in Ogijo were he reportedly terrorised residents.
Declared wanted by the police, Mr. Raji had escaped justice based on alleged support of some politicians in South-Western Nigeria.
When residents of Ogijo heard of Mr. Raji’s death in Lagos, and plans by his family to bury him in the town, they rejected the burial plan. They also raised a vigilante team to prevent his corpse from being brought to the community.
Mr. Raji’s family eventually took him to his father’s house in Ijede, Ikorodu, Lagos State, where he was buried. His father, said to be an herbalist, died early 2015..
At Ogijo, when PREMIUM TIMES visited on Sunday, police officers were seen on standby to prevent violence as residents celebrated Mr. Raji’s death.
Some residents of the community expressed relief at the demise, saying rejecting his corpse was the best thing to have happened to the community.
When contacted, the Ogun State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed that the deceased was a cultist wanted by the police.
“It is true residents are jubilating over the death of the cultist. He who kills by the sword, shall die by the sword,” the police spokesperson said.