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Edo Govt Cracks Down on Cultists, Okaigheles Amidst Rising Violence 

Ismail Abdulazeez Mantu Reporting

Edo State, Nigeria

 

The Edo State Government has reaffirmed its ban on the activities of Okaigheles and cultist groups in Edo South communities.

This stern action comes in response to the alarming surge in cult-related violence and homicides, which have threatened the stability of the region.

The Edo State Security Council has identified these groups as the most severe threat to the state’s security and stability. Based on comprehensive data analysis, the council has concluded that a total ban on these criminal entities is essential to curb the growing violence.

“While we respect the traditions and customs of our communities, the safety and security of our citizens must always come first,” said a government spokesperson. The decision to enforce the ban, despite contradictory statements from figures like Chief Osaro Idah, Obazalu of Benin, underscores the government’s commitment to public safety.

Recent incidents have highlighted the gravity of the situation. On June 7, 2024, armed youths attacked three Nigerian Army personnel attached to Okomu Oil Palm Plc. in Ovia South West Local Government Area, injuring them and causing widespread panic.

The state government has announced plans for a comprehensive operation to disarm these groups and eliminate their threat to public peace. The government warns that no individual or organization, regardless of their status, will be allowed to undermine the efforts of the State Security Council.

“We reiterate that the activities of cultists, Okaigheles, and their sponsors remain banned in the state,” stated Chris Osa Nehikhare, Hon. Commissioner of Communication and Orientation. “We will spare no effort to ensure that those who flout the ban face the full weight of the law.”

The government calls on all residents to support these efforts and remain vigilant, assuring them that decisive measures are being taken to protect their lives and property.

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