- Curfew has been effective since Wednesday from 9 pm to 6 am.
- Police officer says stop-and-search method would not work.
Cultists have reportedly stabbed one Chief Egolor Kolo to death in spite of the ongoing dusk-to-dawn curfew at Udu Local Government Area of Delta State to stem the heinous activities.
Tribune reports that the Urhobo chief was killed at about 8:00p.m Thursday at Ukpiovwin in Udu town.
“Chief Egolor Kolo was killed at Ukpiovwin town in Udu LGA at about 8:00pm. Serious cults fight led to stabbing of the victim to death even as curfew is in force,” the source said.
Kolo was rushed to a hospital where he gave up the ghost after the incident.
Reacting to the incident, a top officer in the Nigeria Police said that the stop-and-search method by security agents to fish out cultists in the local government would not work.
He therefore advised the security agents to go after the cult rivals and smoke them out of their homes and covens.
“They should go after the boys in their houses and covens rather than this stop and search on the road. Only Participants observation can solve the cult debacle in the area,” the top police cop noted.
The Chairman of Udu LGA, Jite Brown, had during the week, imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on some areas in the council over the spate of cult-related clashes.
Areas affected by the curfew include Ovwian town, Ekete Inland, Ekete Waterside, Owhase town, Orhuwhorun Junction, Express Junction, and Mofor Junction.
The curfew was effective from Wednesday, September 18, 2019, and was to run from 9:00p.m to 6:00a.m daily with the banning of motorcycles, tricycles and commercial cabs on the roads.
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According to the chairman, the decision was taken at the end of the Peace and Security Meeting with the Divisional Police Officers and other security chiefs in the council at the instance of cult clashes and other criminal activities resulting in the killings, raping and maiming of some residents in the local government.