Edo govt reinforces anti-cultism measures ahead of July 7

The Edo State Government has reiterated its stance against cult activities, cautioning against any unlawful gatherings on July 7, which some cult groups are purportedly planning to celebrate as an anniversary.

In a statement released by the Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, the government made it clear that the police and other security agencies have been put on high alert. Nehikhare noted that these measures are in place to prevent any group from violating the state’s anti-cultism law, with offenders facing arrest and prosecution.

The government’s proactive approach follows intelligence reports from security agencies indicating that the Aiye (Black Axe) group intends to mark its anniversary on July 7, 2024. There are concerns about potential clashes with rival cult groups surrounding this event.

Nehikhare also highlighted the state’s anti-cultism law, which explicitly bans such activities. He urged parents and guardians to advise their children against participating in any cult gatherings.

In a bid to reassure the public, Nehikhare encouraged citizens to carry on with their daily routines, stating that security forces are on standby to ensure the safety and protection of lives and property throughout Edo State.

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