Following the assassination of scores of young men in the Sagamu area of Ogun State by persons suspected of being cultists, Governor Dapo Abiodun has urged security forces in the state to cleanse Sagamu and its environs of cultists and cult-related activities.
The Ogun state governor stated that the decision became necessary as a result of “renewed clashes among rival cult gangs in the town over the weekend, raising tension and panic among residents of the town.”
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Lekan Adeniran, said he “regretted the avoidable loss of innocent lives and wanton destruction of properties by the hoodlums.”
The governor stressed that the police and other security agencies have been given a marching order “to deal ruthlessly and decisively with those disturbing the peace of the town.”
“As a responsible and responsive government, we are very saddened by the resurgence of activities of criminal elements under different outlawed groups, raising unnecessary tension in the sleepy town of Sagamu and its environs.
“Let these urchins rest assured that the state will be too hot for them to operate as we are reevaluating the security architecture for greater surveillance and tactical operation,” Abiodun said.
Abiodun urged the public to offer enough and relevant information to security agents in order for them to respond quickly and prevent such instances.
So far, seven suspects have been arrested, according to the police.
The Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alamutu, who visited the scene of the attacks on Monday morning to assess the situation, vowed to the needful to end the ugly trend.