LG chairman condemns cult clashes, killings in Badagry

 The Chairman of Badagry Local Government, Mr Olusegun Onilude, on Thursday condemned the recent clashes and killings by cult groups in Badagry.

A statement by his Chief of Staff, Mr Sewedo Samuel, said Onilude expressed this view at a meeting with representatives of military and paramilitary formations, traditional rulers and other stakeholders in Badagry.

He implored security agencies, traditional rulers and other stakeholders to work in synergy to nip cultism in the bud.

“It is unfortunate what the country is turning to. I am sure you will agree with me that insecurity is not solely a Badagry problem.

“Badagry is a community known for peace and I want to appeal to parents and guardians to warn their wards to desist from cultism,” he said.

Onilude commended the efforts of security agencies in maintaining law and order.

He urged all stakeholders to work collaboratively to maintain law, peace and order in the council.

The Chairman said the purpose of the meeting was to deliberate and intensify collaborative efforts to forestall breakdown of law and order in Badagry, especially during and after the primaries of various political parties.

He said the meeting was also to deliberate on security of lives and property of residents of Badagry and its environs.

“The meeting was attended by traditional rulers, representatives of the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air force, Department of State Security, Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

“Others are officials from Correctional Centre,  Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on May 17 a clash between rival cult groups in Adaripon Ipage Compound, Badagry, Lagos State, hag led to the death of a 36-year-old man.

NAN also reports that the death of the victim, popularly called ‘Baba Ibeji,’ is the third in Badagry within five days, resulting from clashes between rival cult groups. (NAN)