Cult Clashes: Ogun Assembly requests immediate appointment of Commissioner for Youths


Ogun House of Assembly

The Ogun State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the State Government to prevail on the security agencies to clamp down on cultists across the state.
The lawmakers also stressed the need for the Governor Dapo Abiodun to appoint Commissioner for youth with a view to driving policies and programmes that would aid youth engagements so as to address the menace of cult clashes.
The passage of the resolution followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sherif and seconded by the Minority Leader, Lukman Adeleye, shortly after the lawmakers debated on the escalating violence of cult clashes in the State.
Opening debate on the motion leading to the passage of the resolution, the sponsor, Adebisi Oyedele, noted that the House observed with serious concern the disturbing trend of incessant cult killings across the State, especially Abeokuta, which began approximately six weeks ago . He said no fewer than 10 individuals had lost their lives to cult-related violence within the last 42 days.
He stated further that the rate at which lives were being lost in the State capital was indeed worrisome, saying incidents included the broad daylight shootings of five individuals at different locations within the State capital.
Other lawmakers including Lukmon Atobatele, Adeyanju Adegoke and Adeleye Lukman noted that the activities of cults  in the state needed to be addressed, especially through advocacy and orientation of the youth.
They remarked that there was the need for the residents of the State to contribute to the security of the society through intelligence information to security operatives. They said that there was also the need for unhindered prosecution of criminals in the guise of cultism to serve as deterrent to others.
In his remarks, the Speaker decried the celebration of moral decadence in the society, explaining that such had led to the spread of crimes and criminalities amongst youth.
 He implored the youth to persevere, imbibe nobility and be productive by engaging in lawful activities that could earn them decent  of living.
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