From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
At least , sixty three cases of cult clashes were recorded in the last six months, while six persons were allegedly killed in the process of rivalries and its related activities in Asaba community and its environs in Delta State.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, DSP Onome Onovuwakpoyeya who confirmed the statistics of casualties and the cases recorded, however disclosed that the Police have been up and doing with a view to ensuring that cult related activities are completely rid of the State, especially flash points where there have been hue and cry of their horrendous activities.
Asaba,Ibusa, Okpanam, Ughelli, Ugbolu,Ilah, Sapele, Agbor, Uvwie communities in the recent past have been flash points for cult related activities, particularly confraternities such as: Eiye, Vickings, Black Axe and Ake ,a situation DSP Onome Onovuwakpoyeya said would soon be a thing of the past, adding that the Police have adopted strategies to ensure those involved in cult related activities are brought to book
But the Asagba of Asaba,Obi Chike Edozien while addressing journalists on Tuesday in Asaba, condemned the increasing menace, particularly in the recent times and fatal clashes in Asaba community and its environs, saying that it was unfortunate that young people were misdirected to be part of the social menace and involvement in the killings of their targets as well as process of resolving their differences.
According to him,” I thought that cult activities had reduced since 2006, but the happenings in the recent times give room for concern, the palace had set up machinery to look into the unfortunate situation and ensure there are total solutions “and blamed the increasing rate on parents for their failure to perform their duties properly in guiding and monitoring their children, especially when they are growing up.
The monarch explained” any parent who goes to bail suspected child criminals, the parent most be encouraging evil and not helping matters, we will not allow this in Asaba community again and If such a parent is found, he or she will be banished from Asaba elsewhere, we working hard to put a Stop to the menace” and called on the Police not grant suspects involved in cult related activities bail any longer to avoid reoccurring decimal.
He disclosed that the palace had instructed the relevant authorities to prosecute anyone caught in cult related activities according to the law adding that the police appeared to be shortage in manpower for effective policing, especially with the increasing cases of cult related activities bedeviling Asaba community and its environs.