Traditional Rulers in Bayelsa State have blamed politicians over the increasing wave of cult related violence and killings in some communities and local government areas of the state.
The monarchs who raised the alarm during a meeting with the deputy governor of the state, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, pointedly fingered politicians as being behind the upsurge of cult violence in various parts of the state.
According to the traditional rulers, it is disheartening that those involved in cult related violence cannot be reprimanded and punished because they have been made more powerful in the various communities by their godfathers.
The Ibenanaowei of Oyakiri kingdom, King Joshua Igbagara, the paramount ruler of Okugbe-Isoko kingdom, King Frank Okurakpo, the Amananaowei of Ofoni, Chief Onakpohor Auditor and the Amananaowei of Toru-Orua, Chief Tounaregha Felagha, in their submission during the meeting commended the state government for initiating the meeting and pledged commitment to the fight against criminal activities.
They, however, identified political godfatherism as a major factor encouraging cultism and called on government to caution its officials as well as increase the welfare package of traditional rulers to enable them play their roles effectively.
They however identified political godfatherism as a major factor encouraging cultism and called on government to caution its officials as well as increase the welfare package of traditional rulers to enable them play their roles effectively.
In his remarks, Senator Ewhrudjakpo described the meeting with traditional rulers from Sagbama as part of efforts by the state government efforts to scale up security in the state.
He urged royal fathers to choose willing and able members of their communities to be part of the vigilante group, with the mandate among others to comb the forests and report illegal camps to law enforcement agencies.
Ewhrudjakpo stressed the need for Bayelsans to learn from happenings in other parts of the country and cooperate with government by intensifying their efforts at monitoring as well as volunteering useful information to duly constituted authorities.
He directed local government chairmen to hold monthly meetings with traditional rulers, noting it that it would contribute to peace and stability in rural communities and the state in general.