The Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuma Soludo, condemned the assassination of the General President of the Obosi Community, Ike Okolo.
Okolo was shot by as yet unidentified assailants in his car in the Obosi community on Monday.
While in Awka, a man was shot dead on January 2, and in Ifite, some two people were also said to have been shot dead.
In Nodu, Okpuno community, four men sitting in a compound on New Year’s Day while being entertained by their host were shot dead by suspected cultists.
There have been a number of cult-related attacks on various communities in the state of late, but it appears to have increased around Christmas.
In a press release from the governor’s press secretary, Christian Aurime, on Tuesday, Soludo denounced the incidents.
He said that during the festive season, Anambra enjoyed the best Christmas in decades as it was free of traffic with a new traffic control system put in place by the government during the festive season with the Anambra Youth Volunteers and the state management agency of traffic working. 24 hours at all critical points to control traffic.
The statement read: “State Governor Chukwuma Soludo condemned the cult-related war between rival groups and the subsequent killings in Obosi and Okpuno in the Idemili North and Awka South local government areas, respectively.
“Soludo condemns these senseless killings in the strongest terms and has ensured that the perpetrators will be apprehended and dealt with decisively, even if they have left town. He stressed that they will be persecuted to face the full wrath of the law.
“The Monday that used to be observed as sitting at home witnessed massive outdoor activities, while the state was bustling with activity everywhere.
“Soludo further assured that the cult gangs that fought today will surely be tracked down and dealt with decisively in accordance with the law.”