The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has said cultism activities in the state have now become an act of terrorism.
He made this declaration on Friday during a stakeholders’ security meeting at the Akarigbo’s palace in Sagamu.
Abiodun, who said he had sounded a note of warning at times past, gave a fresh note of warning to all cult members, their parents and sponsors.
“I am declaring cult members, cult activities here as an act of terrorism, I am taking these as a test of this administration’s will.
“From today, we are considering cult members and other criminals as saboteurs to the economy of not just this local government, this town, but this state. We will consider them as terrorists, I will deal with them as such.”
He added that he has ordered security operatives in the state to smoke out the perpetrators and those who engaged in cultism and that his government would create a Joint Intervention Squad made of the military, police, Department of State Security, Civil Defence and local vigilante, to deal with cultism and other related crimes, especially in Sagamu and other parts of the state.
“I have told the Commissioner of Police that he has no other job until every single member of this cult is found out.
“I am still trying to figure out what is the basis, motive and reason behind these cultist activities in Ogun state, particularly, in Sagamu and Remoland.
“We will collaborate with our Royal Majesties and Royal Highnesses in our resolve to bring long-lasting peace to this local government.
“Reports show that there has been a prevalence of cult activities in Abeokuta North, Abeokuta South, Sagamu, Ikenne, Odogbolu, particularly, we have been dealing with these issues over time, but in the last few weeks, we have begun to see an upsurge in the cases of inter-cultist rivalry that had resulted in clashes and killings of innocent people,” he said.
In his remarks, the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi said, “We cannot continue to accommodate violence in this town, it is unacceptable. What is happening now is not in our culture and it is not in our interest. We have co-existed as brothers and sisters for a long time. It is time for parents and guardians to talk to their sons and daughters. Together, we shall overcome these trying times.
While thanking the State government for settling the medical bills of those injured and the security agencies for their prompt response in quelling the clash, the Seriki Hausawa of Sagamu, Alhaji Garuba Inua, disclosed the readiness of his people to work with other relevant stakeholders in restoring peace in Sagamu and other parts of the state.