A few young people at Imota zone of Lagos State surrendered their arms and repudiated cultism, they were seen smoking Indian hemp to commend their cultism renunciation on Wednesday.
The demonstration was watched newsmen not long after the state Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, tended to the press in organization with the two previous pioneers of the Eye and Aiye confraternities.
The renunciation was held at the royal residence of Ranodu of Imota, Oba Ajibade Bakare-Agoro, and was directed by Imohimi, who showed weapons, cutlasses and tomahawks recouped from the occupants.
The young people moved around the group, showing pennants with the engravings, ‘Say no to wrongdoing, sedate mishandle and cultism’ and ‘Say no to wrongdoing, r*pe, taking and cultism.’
The two gatherings likewise droned their individual friendly tunes and traded mysterious merriments after the renunciation.
Prior, while addressing columnists, Imohimi said the renunciation was the result of the state police summon’s accentuation on group policing.
He reviewed that a comparative occasion was held at Ijede, Ikorodu as of late, where around 500 people repudiated cultism, encouraging different groups in the state to go with the same pattern.
The CP stated, “More than 120 young people have intentionally denied cultism and gave over their weapons to the police. The noteworthy thing about this procedure isn’t the quantity of those repudiating cultism or the amount of arms they offered. What is most critical is that a procedure has begun, whereby the young people themselves are currently showing interest not exclusively to repudiate cultism and different types of wrongdoing, yet in addition to take up professional occupations and be incorporated once again into the general public as mindful men and ladies. Their profiles will be taken and rest guaranteed that this procedure is sound.
“Something else is this was fueled by the Oba of Imota, which demonstrates that our methodology of group policing and group wellbeing association is working and yielding wanted outcomes. Rulers, boss and senior residents of groups have a solid part to play in their different groups. They should utilize their positions to approach young people to revoke cultism, tranquilize mishandle and different wrongdoings.”
The ex-leader of the Aye Confraternity, Joseph Fasasi, said they decided to turn a new leaf following entreaties by the monarch and other community leaders.
He promised that the two groups would henceforth maintain peace in the neighbourhood.
He said, “My parents are from this community and we don’t want fights any more. If we continue to fight, peace will not reign. Residents are leaving the community. Tenancy is cheap because people are afraid to live here. That was why we called one another and decided to let peace reign.”
A former top member of Eye Confraternity, Prince Bolatito, who spoke for the leader of the group, popularly called Spirit, said, “We (Eye and Aye members) have started going to pubs together. There is no more violence. We will hand over whoever refuses to shun violence to the police.”
The Oba of Imota, Bakare-Agoro, said the youths swore at an ancestral shrine in the community not to return to their old habits, adding that whoever failed to keep to the oath would die.
He said, “I feel elated today. There is no year in the last seven years that they would not kill one another. The police would come to arrest some of them, but the kingpins would run away. This process (renunciation) started over a month ago. I consulted with them in privacy in the palace.
“They will not go back to cultism because they have been to the traditional shrine where the first Oba of Imota once lived. We asked them to swear that if they returned, they would die within three days. I have advised them that there is nothing in crime. For all those who are running around because somebody wants to kill them, if the fight ceases, they will be able to go back to work and live productively.”
The Chairman, Imota Local Council Development Area, Wasiu Kunle-Agoro, said the council, the state government and political office holders from the community would work together to engage the youths in lawful activities.
He said, “We have made a plan where some of these members will be absorbed into vocational jobs. We want them to be gainfully employed so that idle hands will no longer be tolerated. They are tired of the activities of their groups and came out voluntarily to renounce their membership.”
A member of the Lagos House of Assembly representing Ikorodu Constituency II, Nurudeen Solaja, urged the residents to sustain the friendship shown during the event.
“We have made provisions for vocations such as computer training for them. Some of them are graduates; we will try as much as possible to secure jobs for them,” he added.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )