By Oluwatoyin Adegoke

Forty-eight youths belonging to different cult groups have renounced their membership in the Sagamu local government area of Ogun state.

The weapons surrendered included one pump action gun, four double barrels, seven single barrels, two English pistols, four locally made pistols and 35 cartridges.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abiodun Alamutu who was at the palace of the Akarigbo of Sagamu, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, to receive the weapons, acknowledged the youths for taking such a bold step.

Mr Alamutu explained that the exercise was in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Kayode Egbetokun to mop up illicit firearms across the country.

The Commissioner who said the feat was attained with the collaborative efforts of government and traditional rulers, encouraged others even with licences to return theirs too.

Speaking earlier, the Akarigbo and paramount ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, explained that the amnesty for the cultists was the outcome of multiple meetings and discussions during which many of the cultists expressed regret for their evil deeds and pledged to turn a new leaf.

Oba Ajayi who expressed displeasure with the killings and disturbance of the cultists in the town, noted the community had engaged the repentant cultists on many occasions, with an assurance from them to steer clear of such acts again.

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