By Bakare Majeed
OrderPaperToday – With crimes like ritual killing and kidnapping on the rise in Kwara, the State House of Assembly has urged the government to establish an anti-ritualist security outfit.
The assembly also urged traditional rulers, community and religious leaders as well as residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious persons or strange movements to security agents promptly.
Recall that the police in the state recently nabbed six suspects, including four clerics in Ilorin, alleged to specialise in exhuming and selling dead bodies.
The resolutions followed a motion moved by Suleiman Baziki, entitled “Curbing the Menace of Rituals in Kwara’’
Leading the debate on the motion, Baziki expressed worried about “incessant ritual killings across various parts of the state” adding that “it has caused havoc to many families.”
According to the assembly, “the proposed outfit would carry out community policing to stem the menace and other vices, including exhumation of buried corpses for rituals.”
It advised parents and guardians to be wary of the whereabouts of their wards and to always monitor their activities while urging transport unions and commercial motorcycle riders in the state to issue special identification numbers to their members as a measure of curbing crime in the state.
The lawmakers also directed the state’s Ministry of Information and Communications to intensify enlightenment campaign to sensitise residents on the need to be at alert against the nefarious activities of evil perpetrators.