Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has directed security agencies in the state to rid Sagamu and its environs of the menace of cultists and cult-related activities in the state.
Just as the governor announced a restriction on movement from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. in the town, in a bid to clamp down on the hoodlums.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Lekan Adeniran, the governor urged residents of the town to abide by the restriction order pending the time the security of the area will improve, as police and other security agencies are on top of the situation to restore normalcy.
“This is to notify residents of Sagamu and its environs of the total restriction of human and vehicular movement as a way of taking firm control of the security architecture of the area and protecting the lives of the people and their property.
“We, therefore, implore the residents of the area to abide strictly by this restriction order and cooperate with security agencies to restore normalcy and bring perpetrators of these dastardly acts to book immediately,” the statement read.
Earlier, the governor directed security agencies to take charge of the situation in the town to prevent further destruction of life and property.
The directive came in the wake of renewed clashes among rival cult gangs in the town at the weekend, raising tension and panic among residents of the town.
Meanwhile, security agents are already on the ground in the troubled town to restore normalcy.
According to him, the police and sister security agencies have been given a matching order to deal ruthlessly and decisively with those disturbing the peace of the town.
Reiterating the state government’s zero tolerance for acts of brigandage and lawlessness, Prince Abiodun warned that those responsible for this current crisis will find themselves to blame.
He said, “As a responsible and responsive government, we are very saddened by the resurgence of activities by criminal elements under different outlawed groups, raising unnecessary tension in the sleepy town of Sagamu and its environs.
“Let me categorically state that we are more than determined to put an end quickly to these nefarious activities of these hoodlums and enemies of our people, who are hellbent on truncating the peace of our land.
“Let these urchins rest assured that the state will be too hot for them to operate as we are re-evaluating the security architecture for greater surveillance and tactical operation”.
The governor noted that the new security approach would be implemented in collaboration with traditional institutions, community and religious leaders, youth groups, and other critical stakeholders.
Abiodun, therefore, appealed to the people to provide adequate and useful information to security agents for prompt response to prevent future occurrences.
(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; firstname.lastname@example.org; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)