Edo to Strengthen Anto-Cultism Laws

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    CEM REPORT | Edo State House of Assembly, with the intent to address the spates of cult killings across the State has reaffirmed the need to strengthen the existing laws criminalising cultism and cultism-related activities.

    This is according to the Speaker of the House, RT. Hon. Marcus Onobun, when he received a delegation of the Edo Civil Society Organisations (EDOSCO) who were on a campaign protest to the Assembly complex to condemn recent cult killings across the state.

    Onobun, who condemned the continued cult killing of youths in the state added that the existing anti-cultism laws need to strengthen with more punitive measures in order to address the incessant violent killings associated with the menace of cultism in the state.

    Addressing the group, the Speaker said the leadership of the House would meet to deliberate on the issue and thereafter invite security agencies for a brief on efforts put in place to address the incessant cult killings in the state.

    Speaking on the day, the interim Tech Secretary of EDOSCO, Comrade Austin Enabulele said the campaign rally to the Assembly complex was aimed at appealing to the House to help strengthen laws that would ensure the prosecution of cultists for every cultism-related activities which has brought pains and agony to many families.

    Also, a former Coordinator-General of EDOSCO, Omobude Agho also urged the House to partner with the group in assisting and giving the necessary protection to youths willing to renounce their cult membership.

    The campaign rally by the group was informed by the recent cult clashes which assumed a worrisome dimension leading to the killing of parents or siblings of suspected cult members by rival cult groups.

    The group commenced the campaign on Friday last week following the proliferation of cult-related killings across parts of the state.

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