Like a scene from a scripted Nollywood movie, hundreds of youths in Ijede community in Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland, stunned onlookers and residents alike during the weekend.
The youths belonging to various confraternities such as Eiye and Aiye embarked on renounced cultism by embarking on a ‘Say No To Cultism’ rally across parts of the community.
The rally, which was done in presence of traditional rulers, politicians, security operatives and major stakeholders in the community and other neighbouring areas, had the cultists surrendering their weapons to security operatives.
During the occasion, the Lagos State police chief, Mr. Imohimi Edgal pledged to profile the repentant cult members and also put them under close watch.
According to The Nation, some of the weapons submitted to police include: AK 47 rifles, Pomp Action rifles, Locally made pistols, AK 47 Magazines, Axes and Cutlasses amongst others.
Speaking on the development, CP Edgal said renunciation was the first step to the reintegration of the cult members into the society.
In his remarks, the alleged leader of Eiye cult in Ijede, Abdulazeez Densi said they were tired of being chased about and needed peace of mind. “It was boundary issue that led me into cultism. We are tired and we now want to live a peaceful life” he told pressmen.
“I decided to denounce my membership because of the safety of my life and those of members of my community. It was mainly because of the crisis that was brewing as a result of cult-related activities. I want peace to reign in my community,” he added.