George Alli seeks for Royal fathers’ supports to curb cultism in Otukpo
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
The Chairman of Otukpo Local Government, Chief George Alli, yesterday cried out to the Otukpo Traditional Council about the menace of CULTISM and armed robbers in the area.
Recall that there have been several cases of killings of people suspected to have been perpetrated either by cult members or armed robbers.
Addressing the royal fathers in the palace of the Och’Otukpo, Odu, Chief John Eimonye, the chairman who pleaded with the traditional rullers to bring their institutions to bear in the fight against the scourge said, “if we allowed these boys to destroy our land, we will have no other land to run to”.
” Thank God, we brought in soldiers and other security to help stamp out this menace and they are doing great in this respect. No less than 28 of these boys have been arrested. Anybody who is a member would never go unarrested”, he said.
He disclosed that very soon National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, would be called upon to play their roles because according to him, “most of these boys take drugs”.
He said he had held several meetings with Pharmacy owners in Otukpo with the view to stop the sales of prohibited drugs to these boys.
” Please, help me out on this fight. Let’s together clean our lands. Information received will be treated with utmost confidentiality. I am open to suggestions that will help us curb this menace”, he cried out in a sotto voice.
In his remarks, the Chairman Otukpo District Traditional Council, Dr John Eimonye who is the Och’Otukpo-Odu, said they would embark on traditional census in his domain as well as sensitizing landlords to watch against accommodating bad eggs.
“We can no longer pretend about this ugly trend. We have no other place to run to. We must have to ensure effective result”, declared Chief Eimonye who expressed happiness at the efforts made so far by the Chairman.
Speaking at the occasion, the District Head of Okete – Otukpo, Chief Inalegwu Abounu disclosed that the community had prohibited people providing sanctuary to cultist running from prosecution stressing that, “any body discovered to be sheltering any run away cultist will face severe sanctions”
His counterparts from Igbanonmaje, Chief Aduma said arrangements were being put in place to invoke Alekwu on anybody that indulges in blood shedding.
He called on land lords to be more vigilant on people coming to dwell in their environments.