48 cultists renounce in Ogun, lay down arms - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Tuesday, March 26, 2024

48 cultists renounce in Ogun, lay down arms

By Demilade Michael

No fewer than 48 members of different secret cult groups in Sagamu area of Ogun State have renounced their membership.

The State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, who disclosed this in Sagamu, on Tuesday, said the repentant cultists also brought forward their firearms to the police for confiscation.

Weapons submitted by the cultists who have promised to turn a new leaf included one pump action gun, four double barrels, seven single barrel, two English pistols, four locally made pistols and 35 cartridges.

Speaking during the handing over of these illegal firearms to the Police held at the Akarigbo Palace in Sagamu, Alamutu said the essence of the olive branch being extended to cultists is to give them second chance to become better citizens and begin to contribute towards peaceful coexistence in the state

He explained that " the olive branch we are extending to these cultists is a product of several engagements. We all know the problem we have had in the past with frequent cult clashes causing loss of lives in Sagamu.

"And working with the government and traditional rulers, we kicked off this process whereby the cultists will come forward denounce their membership and submit any firearms with them without any punitive measures". 

"This is in line with the directive from the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun who has ordered that the illicit firearms should be mopped up, even those who have their licences are encouraged to return theirs too".

"We urged the cultists in the state to embrace this golden opportunity, many of them already aware that cultism does not pay, so they should come and lay down their weapons because anyone caught when this window is closed will be treated as common criminal".

Speaking earlier, the Akarigbo and Paramount ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi said the amnesty for the cultists was as result of several engagements and discussion during when many of the cultists regretted their nefarious acts and promised to turn a new leaf.

Oba Ajayi said "not satisfied with the killings and disturbance of these cultists in the town, the community restrategised and moved against them. The heat was so much that some of them were even forced to leave the town, but they have continued to beg sending emissaries that they are ready to turn a new leaf. 

"We have engaged them and told them point-blank that cultism is not the way forward, that they will only ruin their lives, ruin their family names and the plans of God for their lives".

"We told them to submit their weapons and stay away from cultism and we have promised to integrate them into the society. It is an ongoing exercise and we hope that their colleagues in other parts of Remoland and Ogun State as a whole will draw a vital lesson and follow suit as well".

The royal father thanked Governor Dapo Abiodun, the security agencies and the Sagamu Security Committee for working round the clock to ensure the success of the amnesty for the former cultists.

Oba Ajayi appealed to residents of Sagamu to show the repentant cultists love and support and not treat them as outcast 

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