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Delta decries cult-related killings, warns against nefarious acts



DELTA State Government has condemned the spike in cases of cult-related killings in the state, cautioning that it will not condone further acts capable of causing mayhem in the state.

 The state Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, gave the warning on Monday, at a news conference in Asaba.

 The commissioner was reacting to increasing number of cult related clashes in some parts of the state where some persons have been reportedly killed by rival cult groups.

  He said the police and the state government were working closely to arrest the ugly development.

  The Information Commissioner posited that the state Commissioner of Police is ready to prosecute any suspect caught in cult related activities across the state.

  Aniagwu urged community leaders to assist police and other security agencies in the state to apprehend suspected cultists.

  He revealed that plans were at advanced stage for inauguration of the Operation Delta Hawk which will help to improve the security architecture and tackle crimes including cultism.

  He commended the Delta State Police Command for their efforts so far in tackling criminality in the state and urged them to do more.

 According to him, “we are very much aware of the recent cult related killings in the state which is most regrettable but I can tell you that any moment from now, we will fully launch the Operation Delta Hawk. A good number of the operational vehicles have been procured and we don’t want to launch it in theory.

 “We are working closely with the police and other relevant security agencies in the state to arrest the rise in cult clashes and killings.

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 “I want to also let you know that the present Commissioner of Police and his team have been doing well because we have seen some of the actions they have taken.

 “We do hope that they can step up their game but it will not be fair to assume that the police is not doing enough or the government has not done enough to address the situation. So much is being done and a number of persons have been arrested on daily basis, some of them with weapons.

 He called on the people to assist the police and the security agencies with necessary intelligence to tackle the rise in cult clashes within the state.

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