Cultism in Nigeria

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Recent activities of secret fraternities in Edo and Anambra States of Nigeria have once again brought to focus the impact of the activities of the nefarious groups on the polity. Not too long ago, two prominent movie stars were brutally assassinated in Edo State in what was alleged as a frat-related offensive, which culminated in the death of about twenty individuals. Most recently inhabitants of Anambra state were terrorised by frat men, who held the state capital hostage in a brutal frat war between members of two rival groups, which has claimed the lives of many. Like volcanic mountains littered round the country, frat wars intermittently erupt around the country with devastating consequences.

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The fraternity, which started in the then University College Ibadan, nicknamed Jolly Roger 1, was set out to fight among other perceived ills: moribund convention, neo-colonialism, and tribalism and at the same time, defend humanistic ideals, while promoting comradeship and chivalry amongst its members (Oguntuase, 1999). It blossomed in the sixties, and began to spread its tentacles and Decks to other higher institutions in the country. However, it was not long before rancour and acrimony crept into the confraternity, and began to threaten the unity of this family.

In what he alleged as violations of the confraternity’s creed, and what others claimed as his expulsion from the Pyrates, Dr. Bolaji Carew – a.k.a Ahoy Rica Ricardo, decided to correct the observed ills, by pulling out of the Pyrates Confraternity, with some like minds - Kunle Adigun, and Tunde Jawando, to form the Buccaneer Confraternity, in late 1972 (Alora website, 2005). In 1976, the Buccaneers Modaship gave birth to numerous Decks, established in various parts of the country.

The Supreme Eiye Confraternity, which emerged from the University of Ibadan, more or less as a tribal action group, was allegedly founded in 1965 as the Eiye Group by a group of students among whom were Professor Jide Osuntokun, Dele Nwakpele, Bode Sowunmi, Goke Adeniji, Bayo Adenubi, Bode Fadase, Tunde Aluko, Kayode Oke, and Delu Lipede; and later blossomed into a

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