Ondo state governor Rotimi Akeredolu has ordered the arrest and prosecution of any individual found carrying illegal weapons in the state.
In a broadcast on Thursday, he warned traditional rulers against tussling over chieftaincy and land.
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He warned any traditional ruler unable to contain the activities of cultists in his domain would be sanctioned.
He also said that the State Government will not hesitate to impose 24-hour curfew on any community where there is crisis and any culpable traditional rulers shall be sanctioned.
He stressed that security agencies have been told to clampdown on all cultists in Ondo State and deal decisively with any persons found engaging in cult-related activities and ensure that they are arrested and prosecuted in line with extant laws.
“The flash points of these cult activities are Ikare-Akoko, Owo, Okitipupa and Igbokoda. We have noted with deep concern that their activities are more prevalent in Owo than any other towns in Ondo State. This is unacceptable. I assure them all that they shall have the security agencies and the will of the State to contend with.
“A situation where our State has been turned to battleground for rival cult groups shall no longer be tolerated,” he said.
“Let me sound a note of warning to all cult groups and their sponsors that we will not spare any efforts in dealing with anyone caught engaging in dastardly acts.”
Social media worries
“The third major concern that we need to address is the abuse of the social media to propagate false and fake news,” the governor said.
“This unfortunate phenomenon is capable of stoking the embers of disunity and serious security breaches.
“Before we must accept to post or report any news item or information on the social media, we must evaluate the process and discern the motives behind it and learn to distinguish between false content and real information.”