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Regional News of Friday, 29 July 2022


New law gives me power to demolish houses harbouring cultists – Abiodun

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has said he now has the power to order the demolition of buildings where cultists hide.

Abiodun said the State government had enacted a law which empowered him as the governor to bring down any house providing safe haven to cultists.

“I have signed a law that now empowers me to demolish any house where a cultist is caught,” Gov Abiodun stated.

The Governor spoke at the 90th birthday of Alhaji Teslim Dawodu, held in Sagamu, on Thursday.

Abiodun, who frowned at the rate of cult clashes in the Gateway State, maintained that his administration would not rest, saying all necessary resources would be deployed to stop cultism in Ogun.

In Sagamu, the Governor expressed concern that cultists were disturbing the peace of the society.

However, he said the government was deploying resources to stay on top of the situation in Sagamu.

Abiodun recalled that cultists used to be something found among students of tertiary institutions in the past.

He regretted that, “these days, you will find out that cultists are now your mechanic, vulcanizer, bricklayer and when you even ask them why they are involved, they don’t even understand.”

To avoid demolition of their houses, Abiodun charged property owners in Ogun to ensure they have the data of their tenants.

Abiodun advised the landlords do what he called “KYC”, saying they should know their tenants before giving out their houses.

“This is because if we should catch anyone who is involved in cultism and lives in your house, we will demolish such a house,” the Governor stressed.


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