Former Nigeria ambassador to Greece and Asiwaju of Akure Kingdom, Prof. Olu Agbi has asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to purge the police force of cultists.
According to him, that is the only way the war against cultism would be realistic.
Agbi, who spoke on the recent killings and maiming between cult groups in Akure, alleged that some law enforcement agents were members of secret cults.
He said this had posed serious threat to the fight against cultism for the top hierarchy of the security agencies.
According to him, “Security sources told us that Eiye security men in the force would release their members if brought to the police station while Aiye law enforcement agents would do the same to their members”.
He, however, called on the Ondo State Police Command to monitor its men posted to the anti-cultism squad so as to prevent cultists masquerading as police officers.
Agbi who said Akure remained a peaceful community, accommodating and safe for investors, noted that non-indigenes were more involved in cultism in the town.
He said investigations had revealed that non-indigenes were mostly members of the secret cults that had been disturbing the peace of the community in the recent times, saying the Deji-in-Council was already looking into the development.
His words: “Reports reaching us indicate that some law enforcement agents are members of these secret cults which have made the fight against cultism difficult for the top hierarchy of the security agencies.
“We ask the IGP to purge the police of the secret cult members so that the war against cultism and other crimes could be meaningful.
“We call of the Ondo State Police Command to monitor its men posted to the anti – cultism squad so that we will not have cultists masquerading as police officers.”
“We urge the setting up of anti-cultism squad in each of the police divisions in the state capital.
“Landlords and land owners must screen those to be given their properties so that it would not be converted to kidnappers ’ den or cultists ’ abode. Any property owner who contravenes this must be made to face the full wrath of the law.
“We appeal to those with uncompleted buildings to secure their properties and make sure they clear the bushes around them so as not to be converted to den of criminals.”
The former Ambassador also disclosed that the Deji-in-Council had set up a security committee headed by Chief Elemo of Akure Kingdom, High Chief Segun Adedipe to liaise with relevant security agencies to monitor the perpetrators of the notorious act and bring them to book.