The Ogun government will soon enact a law to punish convicted persons guilty of cultism with the death penalty.
Governor Dapo Abiodun said this at a meeting with the paramount ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, at the Akarigbo Palace in Sagamu, Ogun.
Mr Abiodun expressed shock over the wanton destruction of lives and peace of Sagamu and its environs.
The governor warned that the government would not fold its arms and watch unscrupulous people run riot in any parts of Ogun.
“We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that we bring any person directly, indirectly or remotely responsible for these occurrences to book. I have discussed with the Attorney General perhaps it is our disposition that allows for these occurrences of heinous crimes,” stated Mr Abiodun.
The Ogun governor added, “It is within my powers as the governor of this state to pronounce the death penalty on people and we are going to ensure that we enact that because when people appreciate and understand the consequences of their behaviours, perhaps they will begin to have a rethink.”
Mr Abiodun noted that he had called on the police commissioner, the SSS director, the NSCDC and the Amotekun commander to relocate to Sagamu.
“We will rely on our traditional rulers because they are the closest to the grassroots, for all the intelligence support because these people are not spirits. They live within us. They are tenants in our houses. The last time I came here, I said any house where we arrest anybody connected to either cultism or kidnapping, we will demolish,” Mr Abiodun said.
He stated, “I am now pronouncing that we will no longer refer to these people as cultists or any other name. We are pronouncing them as murderers, and we will mete out punishments that are deserving to murderers.”