No fewer than 15 cultist belonging to different cult groups have
openly denounced their membership of cultism in Diogbe community in
Igbo Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The cultists, whose age ranges between 18 and 25 years, before now had
engaged in various crimes and vices within the community and its
Addressing the repentant cultists in the community on Tuesday, the
Traditional Ruler of the community, Igwe Uchenna Anikwe, said that he
and his cabinet members had been battling cultism in the last five
years in the community and had spent a lot of resources on security.
“Before five years ago when we started to fight this monster called
cultism, the community witnessed all sorts of evil and this negative
development discouraged our illustrious sons and daughter not coming
“However, today, we thank God that our efforts is being crowned by
these our misguided sons coming out willingly to denounce cultism and
its accompanying evils and be good and peaceful indigenes of the
community,’’ Anikwe said.
According to him, for any indigene of the community in any form of
cult group, there will be no hiding place for the person or persons
any longer in the community.
Rev. Fr. Victor Ozioko, a Catholic Priest in the community, admonished
the repentant cultists to draw closer to God and learn how to make it
in live through the grace of God.
“The Church is here to support you in all positive ramifications and
draw you closer to God; while for those of you who are willing to
learn a trade, craft and skill the Church will support you.
“I must thank the traditional ruler and others for ensuring that
peace and security returns to Diogbe and these number of youths are
salvaged from destruction,’’ Ozioko, who is in-charge of St. Charles
Parish, Diogbe, said.
Mr Nestor Ezema, the Chairman of Post Primary School Management Board,
said that the state government was fully out to kick-out all forms of
cultism and unruly behaviours among students in the state.
Ezema, who was represented by Mrs Nkechi Ngwu, urged everybody
especially parents to rise up against unruly behaviours among children
and start monitoring the type of friends they keep in school and at
Administering an oath of denunciation and undertaking on the cultists
on Sunday in the community, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr
Mohammed Danmallam, urged the repentant cultists to shun acts that
brings them in conflict with the law.
Danmallam, who was represented by the Police Public Relations
Officers, SP Ebere Amaraizu, urged the community members to accept
their misguided sons wholeheartedly; adding that the police would not
accept people stigmatizing them for any reason.
“Our youths must resist temptation of yielding to negative influences
of friends and peer groups if they will become champions tomorrow.
Also, I will enjoin you to know who your friends are and the kind of
life they live to avoid getting involved as well,’’ he advised.
A resident of the community, Mama Veronica Ugwu, noted that the
community had been filled with great joy for their repentant children
as well as answer to their prayers for youths to end cultism and other
One of the repentant cultists, Kingsley Nwafor, advised youths to
avoid evil friends and all forms of “worthless wickedness’’; while
being focus in their pursuit in life.