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Obaseki Gives Reasons For Banning Okaigheles In Edo

Lucky Obukohwo Reporting 



The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has given reason for placing a ban on the activities of Okagheles (youth leader) in Edo communities.

Recall that earlier this month, Obaseki announced the banning of activities of Okagheles in Edo South Senatorial District as a renewed efforts to tackle cultism in the state.

However some group of persons are against the governor’s decision but the governor has seen it as one of the major ways in which this nefarious activities can be stopped in the state.

He noted that at least 150 persons have been lost to cult-related activities and homicide since January 2024 till date.

During a recent visit to Military Hospital Benin, where personnel who sustained various injuries during an attack on their boat in Okomu community were being treated noted that “data available to us at the State Security Council meeting showed that Okaigheles are largely responsible for the threat to the security of Edo State which led to the ban on their activities.”

Obaseki, represented by the state Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, added: , “Just as the State Government banned Okaigheles and their activities, some people are condemning the ban saying people should ignore it and this has encouraged those that went to Okomu forest to attack soldiers protecting our assets.

“Three soldiers were badly wounded. We have one here now while others are worse. Their gunboats were destroyed. We don’t want a situation where we will be losing soldiers to reckless, dangerous cult groups.

“We appeal to leaders of Edo South to discourage the youths who are armed to desist from these acts as they are not only attacking soldiers but also civilians on the streets.”



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