By Raymond Osho
Ogun State Commissioner for Police, CP Bashir Makama has issued a stern warning to members of various cult groups operating in the state to either denounce their membership or be severely dealt with under the full wrath of the law.
The Commissioner issued the warning amidst lamentation that cultism is becoming major security challenge threatening the peace and tranquility of the State.
But he reiterated his command commitment to ensure that cultism and other security challenges that are disturbing the State is curtailed.
The Commissioner spoke on Wednesday July 10 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 also put together to review and take note of pressing issues of security in the state and to highlight records of performance by the new CP within the short period he was transfered tothe state.
Makama who regretted that some parts of the State, people find it difficult to sleep with their two eyes close, pledged to make the State a hot place for hoodlums to thrive.
He mentioned Ikenne, Sagamu and Ijebu-Ode as some major areas facing security challenges, adding that security measure has been taken to restore normalcy in the areas.
His words, “Our understanding have shown that almost all the criminal acts perpetrated in the state are linked to members of cult groups. Whatever the type of crime committed in the state has relationship with cultism.
“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 supervisors”
Makama further told his audience that, “If you suspect any cultist around you, don’t hesitate to report such a person. Let us support the police to combat security challenges in Ogun State”.