By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Commissioner for Police, Bashir Makama has issued a serious warning to members of various cult groups operating in the State to either renounce their membership or be severely dealt with under the full weight of the law.
The Commissioner who lamented that cultism was becoming a major security challenge which is threatening the peace and tranquility of the State, reiterated the commitment of the Command towards ridding the State of cultism and other criminal activities.
The Commissioner spoke on Wednesday at an interactive forum put together by Crime Buster Magazine in conjunction with the State’s Police Public Relations Office to mark his 100 days in office.
The programme was organised to review and take note of pressing issues of security in the State and also to highlight the records of performance by the Commissioner within the short period in the State.
Makama who regretted that in some parts of the State, people found it difficult to sleep with their two eyes close, pledged to make the State a hot place for hoodlums to thrive.
He listed places like Ikenne, Sagamu and Ijebu-Ode as some major areas facing security challenges, adding that security measure had been taken to restore normalcy in the areas.
Makama said, “Our understanding have shown that almost all the criminal acts perpetrated in the State are linked to members of cult groups. Whatever nature crime take in the State has relationship with”.
“Cultism is the main issue breeding criminalism in the State. We will make sure we locate all their hideout and apprehend anyone found culpable.”
He added “We will allow you (cult members) to denounce and you will be our supervisor”.
Makama told his audience, “If you suspect any cultist around you, don’t hesitate to report such a person. Let us support the police to combat security challenge in Ogun State”.