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Insecurity: Edo Govt To Commence Disarming Of Okaigheles, Cultists, Others

The Edo State Government has concluded plans to commence the disarming and flushing out of cultists and Okaigheles in all communities across the State.

The Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Media Projects, Crusoe Osagie, who disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday said the state security agencies are set to commence a massive raid across the State to disarm and flush out the criminal groups.

Osagie said the move followed the ban on the activities of the criminal groups by the State Security Council on the back of data that linked the groups to the alarming rise in cult-related killings and homicides in the State as well as the recent attack on soldiers in Okomu community by the criminals and cultists.

He noted, “The Edo State Governor, His Excellency, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has directed that the Security Council intensify efforts to disarm and flush out all cultists and Okaigheles across the State.

“The security agencies are set and ready to begin massive raids across all communities in the State to disarm these criminal elements and neutralize their threat against public peace.”

He added, “In the coming weeks, the Government will proceed on a full-scale operation to disarm these criminal elements and neutralize their threat against public peace.

“Government therefore warns in the strongest terms that it will not allow any individual or organization no matter how highly placed to undermine the efforts of the State Security Council to protect the lives and property of our people.

“We reiterate that the activities of cultists, Okaigheles, and their sponsors remain banned in the State and we will spare no effort to ensure that those who flout the ban are made to face the full weight of the Law,” the statement added.

Recall that a statement at the weekend by the State Government said the State Security Council data showed that the two groups (Okaigheles and cultists) pose the most severe threat to the security and stability of the State, resulting in the decision of the Council to place a total ban on the criminal groups.

The statement cited the attack on soldiers on Friday, the 7th of June, 2024, wherein “some so-called youths opened fire on three men of the Nigerian Army attached to Okomu Oil Palm Plc., in Ovia South West Local Government Area, injuring them and throwing the community into pandemonium,” as some examples of the threat on public peace by the criminal groups.

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