Ilesa, Osun State: In response to the escalating violence resulting from a cult war that claimed the lives of five suspected cultists, Governor Ademola Adeleke has issued a directive for an immediate and intensive crackdown by security agencies in the region.
The turmoil unfolded as two individuals, known as Machine and Eskay, met their demise on a fateful Sunday, succumbing to a deadly clash between rival cult factions in the Imo area. Additionally, two more lives were tragically cut short on Tuesday afternoon, with another individual reportedly losing their life later that evening in the Oke-Omiru area of the town.
Alarming as these incidents are, law enforcement authorities have yet to apprehend any suspects. Kehinde Adeleke, the spokesperson for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), confirmed that the command has initiated a manhunt to locate and detain those responsible for the violence.
Governor Adeleke expressed profound shock and condemnation regarding the situation, deeming it both shocking and reprehensible. In an official statement released by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, in Osogbo on Wednesday, the Governor called upon the police and other security agencies to take swift and resolute action to quell the ongoing cult conflicts.
Bearing the loss of innocent lives heavily on his heart, Governor Adeleke mandated that the special operations encompass not only a crackdown but also intelligence gathering aimed at identifying the masterminds behind the attacks. He sternly warned that all those found culpable would face the full force of the law, emphasizing the need to restore peace and security to the region.
It reads, “I have been duly briefed on the developments in some parts of Ijeshaland. We will no longer tolerate actions capable of disrupting the peaceful atmosphere in the state. We will not allow any group or individuals to use their internal wars to endanger public peace.
” This is a matter that threatens law and order. We must enforce the law and ensure peace without delay. This is one violence too many.
” I have directed the Commissioner of Police and other service chiefs to swing into action without delay. Violence and attacks must stop, and perpetrators must be brought to book as urgently as possible”.