Igwe Alex Onyido, the traditional ruler of Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra, has decried the rise in cultism and other vices in his community area.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ogidi on Tuesday, Onyido described the trend as “worrisom”, noting that if action was not taken, peace and development could be hampered in the town.
Onyido, who spoke on the sidelines of 2019 Ogidi Women August Conference, said no fewer than six youths in the community, had been killed in several cult clashes.
The monarch, who lamented that such trend portrayed the community in negative light, urged youths of the area to desist from such vices.
He said: “Parents should be alive to their responsibilities of training their children in good morals; they should encourage their children to eschew cultism, armed robbery and other vices.
“The traditional council will not relent in the fight against cultism or allow its youths perish to cultism.
“Right now, some of Ogidi people in the Diaspora are saying they will no longer come home because of the various cultism-related bloodshed in the community.”
He urged security agencies to beef up security in the area as plans were on to organise a town hall meeting in the community over the menace.
Onyido said the meeting would discuss possible penalties against anyone, who indulged in any cult activities.
Although, normalcy had returned to the community, NAN reports that on August 4, five persons lost their lives in Ogidi and neighbouring Ogbunike during a cult clash by two rival groups.