Edo places police on red alert over planned cults' gathering Sunday


Edo governor Godwin Obaseki

By Jethro Ibileke

The Edo State Government has warned against unlawful gathering by members of cult groups across the State in the guise of celebrating anniversary on July 7.

The State Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, in a statement on Saturday evening, disclosed that the government had it on good authority that the Aiye (Black Axe) fraternity would be celebrating its anniversary on the 7th July, 2024.

He warned that the State Government has put the Police and other security agencies on the alert to arrest and prosecute any group who disregard the State anti-cultism Law.

The statement said: “As part of the renewed effort to tackle cultism in the State, the State Government has asked youths in the State to avoid any unlawful gathering on July 7, 2024 in the guise of celebrating the anniversary of any cult group.

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“The State Government has been reliably informed by the relevant security agencies that Aiye (Black Axe) is celebrating its anniversary on the 7th July 2024, with a possibility of rivalry and attack on other cult groups before, during and after the celebration.”

Nehikhare warned cult groups and their members in the State to remember the consequences of contravening the Anti-Cultism Law which prohibits their activities.

“Parents and guardians should also warn their wards to avoid any gathering of cult groups as government has placed the police and other security agencies in the State to be on the watch out to arrest and prosecute any group that violates the State’s anti-cultism Law,” he said.

Nehikhare, however, urged members of the public to go about their lawful activities as the security agencies were on alert to secure lives and properties across the State.

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