Crime & SecurityNewsNigeriaGov Abiodun Directs Security Agencies To Clampdown On Cultists

…Clashes In Sagamu Claims 20 Lives

No fewer than 20 young men lost their lives in a violence clash involving cult groups Eiye and Aiye in Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State.
Members of the two confraternities resumed their ongoing rivalry and power struggle on Saturday, resulting into gruesomely murder of about 20 young boys, including secondary school pupils.
In gory videos and photos shared online by residents, some of the victims of the attacks were seen lying in the pool of their blood, with one of their hands cut off by their assailants.
The Force Police Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, who reacted to the cult killings in Sagamu on his X handle, said the situation in Sagamu goes beyond the deployment of an anti-cultism squad only, saying all hands must be on deck.
“Sagamu’s case goes beyond the mere anti-cultism squad.The elders know how to handle them. The politicians know what to do. I was in their midst in Sagamu between 2006 and 2008. But no single cult clash before I left in 2008. I worked then with the late Akarigbo, Oba Michael Sonariwo, and others,” he said.
Adejobi added that the Ogun State Commissioner of Police should look inward and take action on the report by some residents that the cultists are well known to security agents.
Meanwhile, following the killing in Sagamu area, Governor Dapo Abiodun of of Ogun State has directed security agencies in the state to rid Sagamu and its environs of cultists and cult-related activities.
The Governor said the directive became imperative in the wake of “renewed clashes among rival cult gangs in the town at the weekend, raising tension and panic among residents of the town.”
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Lekan Adeniran, the Governor said he “regretted the avoidable loss of innocent lives and wanton destruction of properties by the hoodlums,” stating that security agents are already on ground in the “troubled town” to restore normalcy.
The governor said the police and sister security agencies have been given a marching order “to deal ruthlessly and decisively with those disturbing the peace of the town.”
Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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