By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab Ilorin
Ilorin Emirate Descendants’ Progressive Union (IEDPU), an umbrella body of all socio –cultural organisation in Ilorin emirate, has asked members of various communities in the emirate to expose members of suspected secret cults in their areas.
Th e union lamented that over 30 persons had so far been killed in the last six months in various brutal attacks carried out by rival cult groups in various parts of the state. Th e union also asked the communities to name those involved in sales of liquor in prohibited communities and those involved in smoking of cannabis sativa and other prohibited substances as step towards of their eradication.
Addressing a security stakeholders meeting held at the union’s national secretariat, Ilorin, its national president, Alhaji Abdulhamid Adi, expressed sadness that Ilorin emirate which was, hitherto, known for peace and harmony had been turned into theatre of war. ‘‘Level of criminality is getting worrisome within the metropolis. In the last 6 months more that 30 lives were wasted by cultist. ‘‘Notorious areas include Agbo -Oba , Gada, Edun ,Gambari, and Ajikobi .
Th e latest ones about two weeks ago were at Okesuna, Stadium etc,’’ he said. Adi said the union conveyed the stakeholders meeting to rub minds with stakeholders on how to nip the alarming trend in the bud. As a step toward addressing the menace, Chairman, IEDPU Security committee, Ambassador Usman Abduazeez, said unless the members of every community volunteer to purge their areas of crimes the anti-cult war and other prevailing security challenges might be diffi cult to win.
He urged every community to come up with the lists of suspected cult members and criminal in their community for security agencies to act upon. Abdulazeez, however, warned against taking laws into their hands stressing that they must at all times cat within the confi nes of the law. Th e meeting was attended Head of Divisional Police Offi cers, representatives of Department of State Services, vigilance and metro security initiatives set up by the IEDPU in various communities