Kwara police declare war on cultism
Emir of Ilorin decries killings
The Kwara State Police Command says it has declared a war on cultism in Ilorin, the state capital, which had in the last two months led to the death of about seven people.
The state police commissioner, Samuel Okaula, urged members of such groups said to be on reprisal missions to stop the brutal killings or face the wrath of the police.
According to Okaula, in a chat with The Guardian in Ilorin: “We are issuing serious warning to cult members to leave the state or be ready for our own war on them.”
Suspected cult members recently killed a notorious political thug, Bayo Ajia.
Ajia, who until his death was operating a car wash centre adjoining the stadium in Ilorin, was alleged to be a member of a secret cult.
Six other persons were killed in suspected reprisal attacks after Ajia’s death.
According to the spokesman of Kwara State Police Command, ASP Ajayi Okasanmi: “Many of those killed were smashed on the head, resulting in deep cuts in the skull and left to die bleeding. All the deaths looked like reprisal attacks, but investigations are ongoing on these senseless killings.”
Already, landlords in the city have been informed by the police to screen new tenants before entering into tenancy agreements with them.
Reacting to the development, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu- Gambari, decried the situation, urging the perpetrators to uphold the age-long tradition of the town as a place of peace and tranquility.
According to the emir in a statement by the Mogaji Nda of Ilorin, Alhaji Woru Mohammed: “We are not noted for cultism in Ilorin. We want these youths cutting down their lives prematurely to eschew violence and allow peace to reign. Our town is a town of peace.”
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