By Clifford Ejenavi
Sequel to incessant cult rival clashes that have resulted in killings of persons within the Sapele town, Delta State in the last few weeks into the new year 2021, the Chairman of Sapele Local Government Area, Hon.(Chief) Eugene Inoaghan has called on residents and visitors to remain calm, saying security operatives have taken over the menace and are urgently contailing it.
Hon. Inoaghan while speaking on the phone with Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Nigerian Impact and Consulting Editor, Bustanews, Clifford Ejenavi in Lagos, said security of life and property of the people is paramount, adding that his administration will not leave any stone unturned to compat any form of criminality within the local government. He noted that no responsible government would fold its hands and allow cultists or criminals disrupt activities of the people.
He said, “We have informed the security agents including the Army, the Police, the DSS and the local Vigilante and they are currently on top of the situation. They have been patrolling the town. Two people have been apprehended with guns on them and they are currently in Asaba, the state capital for interrogations and investigations.
“As you are aware, we still have 7pm to 6am curfew within the local government but security operatives comes out between 4 or 5pm daily to monitor security situation. We have made it clear that no vehicle with tinted glasses is allowed. We also do not allow any vehicle without number plates. Any one who goes against this law would have his or her vehicle impounded. These are laws we put in place to combat the menace of criminality with the Sapele Local Government and we will not relent on effective enforcement of the law.
“Sapele has always been peaceful until recently we begin to experience cult rival groups and we promise to bring back the peace the people have always enjoyed. As a government, we sincerely sympathize with families of those that have loss their loved ones due to this dastard act. We are on top of the situation and investigations are ongoing”.
While calling on investors to come invest in the local government, the Chairman appealled to residents and visitors to remain calm and go about their legitimate daily activities without fear.
It would be recalled that in the last two weeks, about five young people have lost their lives in Sapele due to cult related issues.