By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
Anambra State House of Assembly Members through a Motion has condemned the recent cult clashes in the state and have called on the Executive Governor of the state, His Excellency, Chief Willie Obiano to direct the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State Command, to urgently take proactive measures in checkmating the killings in some part of the state by rival cult groups.
Honourable Udemadu Chidi Livinus, representing the Ihiala 1 Constituency, who was the chief sponsor of the motion called on his colleagues, to join their votes in moving the motion, as he was worried about the spate of unlawful killings in the society most of which are attributed to rival cult clashes.
Hon. Udemadu said, “The unlawful killings pose an infringement on the constitutionally guaranteed Right to life, as provided by Section 33 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended)”.
“Precious lives have been cut short in their prime as a result of clashes by rival cult gangs and this has been a source of worry to parents, guardians and law abiding citizens in Ihiala and environs”.
“This ugly situation has called for serious concern and I hereby urge this House to call the attention of the Government and authorities responsible to fight and stop cultism in the state”. He stated.
He went further, by saying that in the last few weeks, as reported by vanguard newspaper, a good number of youths have been killed in Ihiala local government. Lives have been lost, properties destroyed and several people have left their houses and run for their dear lives.
According to Hon. Udemadu, “Before now, cultism had only been linked to institutions but now, it has been lowered to even okada riders and street touts”.
“We cannot continue to lose our youths. Most times, innocent citizens fall victims. Some of these attacks happen in broad day light and securities need to give more attention to curb this menace”. Hon. Udemadu emphasized.
Fielding answers to questions from journalists, Hon. Udemadu said, “It’s unfortunate that most of our youths have taken laws into their hands, using sharp objects to kill and injure themselves. Most of these clashes are fueled by attacks and revenged. Innocent citizens should not continue to suffer for the activities of cult groups. Life is precious and most be preserved”.
He however, called on youths to shun cultism and warned them that the long arm of the law would soon catch up with them.
“Every day is for the thief but one day is for the owner of the house”, he said.