Ndokwa East local government area of Delta State, was engulfed recently following the murder of two persons by suspected secret cult members who were reportedly killed at different locations in Ashaka
To forestall further breakdown of law and order, authorities of the council area have announced a dawn to dusk curfew at Ashaka town and neighbouring communities.
The local government Chairman, Mrs. Nkechi Chukwura, who spoke on the matter mentioned the other communities that would partake in the curfew to include Aboh, Ibrede and Igbukwu.
The chairman said nobody was expected to move about from the hours of 7: 00pm to 6: 00am while the curfew lasts, adding, “so that we can check the activities of the youths in the communities”.
The council boss who said that the police were doing their best to put the situation under control, warned that the police have been instructed to arrest whoever flouts the curfew order, “We have asked them to go on patrol in the communities”, she stated.
Meanwhile, the police command has arrested suspected cultists and recovered firearms from them
The state police image maker, DSP Celestina Kalu, who confirmed the incident said that based on information that suspected cultists were holding meeting in the house of one Solomon Onoagware of Egini town, detectives attached to Ovwian/Aladja Division with the assistance of community officials and vigilante men mobilized to the scene and arrested three young men.
She said another suspected cultist was in police net for the murder of a 23-year-old boy in Effurun.
” A 23-year-old boy was stabbed on the neck by one Junior Benson while fighting along Ovie Palace road Effurun at about 1200hrs. The victim was rushed to Ekpan general hospital for treatment but he later passed away.
“Preliminary enquiries revealed that the fight was between two rival cult groups. Meanwhile the suspect has been arrested and victim’s corpse deposited at Ekpan General Hospital mortuary for autopsy while investigation continues,” Kalu explained.
While she admitted the high rate of cult activities in the state, she warned that the command was out and ready to curb the menace.