Over 120 sus­pects re­nounce cultism, sur­ren­der arms

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - THE METRO SECTION - By Odita Sun­day

OVER 120 sus­pected cult mem­bers of two no­to­ri­ous con­fra­ter­ni­ties, yes­ter­day re­nounced mem­ber­ship of their re­spec­tive cult groups. They sur­ren­dered their arms to the La­gos State po­lice. The ex­er­cise, which held at the Oba Ran­odu’s palace, Imota, Iko­rodu, had chiefs along­side rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the House of Assem­bly and lo­cal gov­ern­ment chair­men in at­ten­dance. “The boys would be rein­te­grated into the so­ci­ety af­ter be­ing em­pow­ered with var­i­ous skills,” the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Ed­gal Imo­himi said. Ac­cord­ing to the CP, the ini­tia­tive was pow­ered by the Oba of Imota along­side his chiefs and lo­cal gov­ern­ment chair­men. He said, “The im­por­tance of this de­nounce­ment is not those who are re­nounc­ing it. What is sig­nif­i­cant is that the process has started, where youths in­di­cate in­ter­est not only to re­nounce cultism will­ingly, but to take up jobs and skills.” Ed­gal, how­ever, added that he was ex­pect­ing a sit­u­a­tion where more youths would re­nounce cultism and sur­ren­der their arms, adding that when this hap­pens, there would be less crime and less arms in cir­cu­la­tion.

The leader of Eiye Cult, Joseph Fasasi lamented the af­ter­math of killings and wars.

He said, “I am an in­di­gene of this town – Imota. I have re­alised that cultism does not pay. It doesn’t al­low de­vel­op­ment of my town. So, I de­cided to make peace with other cult heads.”

Some re­pen­tant cult mem­bers

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