Ogun assembly passes resolution on cult clashes, insecurity

Ogun state House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the state government to prevail on the security agencies to clamp down on the activities of cultists across the state and the need to appoint Commissioner for Youth in the state.

The passage of the resolution followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sherif and seconded by the Minority Leader, Lukman Adeleye, shortly after the lawmakers debated on the escalating violence of cult clashes in the state.

Opening debate on the motion leading to the passage of the resolution, the sponsor Hon. Adebisi Oyedele, noted that the House observed with serious concern the disturbing trend of incessant cult killings across the State, especially Abeokuta, which began approximately six weeks ago and that no fewer than 10 individual had lost their lives to cult-related violence within the last 42 days.

He stated further that, the rate at which lives were being lost in the State capital was indeed worrisome, saying incidents included the broad daylight shootings of five individuals at different locations within the State capital.

“Worried about the sporadic shooting at Kuto Garage about five days ago creating civil unrest for dwellers which was traceable to a cult gang trying to hit another target.

“The continuous killings among young people across the State are adversely affecting businesses and tarnishing the reputation of our dear State. Worthy of note is the recent intervention of the State Government, State Police Command of the Nigeria Police Force and the traditional rulers which have resulted in a calm environment in Sagamu axis,” he submitted.

Other lawmakers, including Lukmon Atobatele, Adeyanju Adegoke and Adeleye Lukman, noted that cult clashes in the state needed to be addressed, especially through advocacy and orientation of the youth.