By Sunday Iduh
Benue State House of Assembly has expressed concern over the frequent cult related killings in Ogobia-Ugboju community of Otukpo Local Government Area and called on the Commissioner of Police, Benue State to deploy additional personnel to the community to forestall further killings by cultists
The House arrived at these resolutions following a motion of urgent public importance moved by Hon. Michael Audu (Adoka-Ugboju, PDP) calling on the state government to curb the incessant cult activities at Ogobia-Ugboju community
Hon. Audu informed the House that the Law on prohibition of Abduction, Hostage Taking/ Kidnapping, Cultism and other related matters is still in force and was meant to stem the tide of kidnapping and cultism in the state
” I am worried that there is a resurgence in cult related activities in Ogobia-Ugboju community of Otukpo Local Government Area which has claimed several lives. The resurgence of cult related killings in Ogobia-Ugboju has reached an alarming proportion.
“In December, 2019, one person was killed. In the month of March, 2020 two persons were killed and recently, last month, Oliver Enenche Umoro and one other person were killed by cultists
“The police in the areas seems not to be in control of the situation despite several reports I made to the Caretaker Chairman, Otukpo Local Government Area.
“The people of the community are now living in fear and dare not come out of their houses after 6:00 pm so as not to risk being attacked by cultists. This scenario has compounded the challenges of the people coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
The House directed the Caretaker Chairman of Otukpo Local Government Area to mobilize the local vigilante in the area to step up surveillance and fish out suspected cultists to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Police
The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Christopher Adaji who seconded the motion said the issue of cultism and killings have become a reoccurring decimal in Ugboju-Adoka
Minority Whip, Hon. Cephas Dyako (Konshisha, ADP) described the development as unfortunate, adding that cult activities have become rampant in the state and decried similar cult related killings in Konshisha and other parts of the state
Speaker, Hon. Titus Uba said security agents should take advantage of the Law against cultism in the state and minimize their activities
” They are doing their best but they should do more to reduce the sufferings of the people as a result of cult activities,” he said