Dozens of youths involved in cultism in Ikorodu, Lagos, reportedly relinquished their membership of the various deadly groups. The renunciation ceremony was witnessed by the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi, among other monarchs of the ancient town. The former cultists were those of the Eiye Confraternity, Black Axe Confraternity and Buccaneers Confraternity.
Abdulazeez Sholebo, a leader of the Eiye Confraternity, thanked Governor of Lagos, Akindwunmi Ambode for granting them amnesty and promised to embrace peace. Similarly, Akinyemi Gold Lanre, leader of the Buccaneer cult and Seyi Ajasa of the Black Axe expressed regret for atrocities they had committed.
He accused the Ajagungbales (land grabbers) across the state of promoting cultism and street gangs by recruiting cultists to do their dirty jobs.
“We are also not pleased with the life of violence and crime. We are also ready for peace and with what is happening here today, I can assure you that cult clashes and incessant killings in the area will become a thing of the past. I just want to appeal to Kabiesi and the governor as well as other people to help to get us rehabilitated,” Ajasa said.
The peace move was facilitated by Comrade Lanre Olabinjo, co-ordinator of the Ikorodu for Peace Initiative.
“We are happy with the decision of the government to grant you amnesty to have a new lease of life, to reform you, so that you will be useful to yourselves and the society. Note that amnesty is not a leverage to continue in criminality. It is to give you another opportunity to live a good life and be useful,” Olabinjo said.
Others at the event include were Oba Dr. Akeem Oriyomi, Obateru of Egbin Royal Kingdom and Oba Richard Ogunsanya, Olubeshe of Ibeshe, Commander of the 174 Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Lt. Col Benedict Ezeh, representatives of CP Fatai Owoseni.