Cultism: Monarch bans night functions in Lokoja

In view of the recent upsurge of cult activities in Lokoja and its environs, the Maigari of Lokoja, Alh. (Dr.) Muhammadu Kabiru Maikarfi III, has banned all night functions in Lokoja Town till further notice.

Recall that there have been clashes between rival cult groups that have led to the death of some individuals in some areas in Lokoja metropolis.

It was gathered that these notorious gangs use occasions like night weddings to perpetuate their nefarious activities within Maigari Palace, old market, Kabawa, Karaworo a suburb of Lokoja community.

It was however, learnt that the Maigari gave this directive to all Ward Heads and designated Chiefs in Lokoja who have anything to do with night functions.

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The Sarkin Wasa of Lokoja, Mall. Muhammadu Baba Shata, while confirming this to our correspondent in Lokoja on Sunday night, said traditional artistes have been enjoined to be law-abiding and see the ban as a sacrifice for the restoration of peace in their environment particularly the traditional streets of Lokoja.

“You will recall that cult related activities are becoming a serious challenge in Lokoja now which is mostly perpetuated in the night and mostly leads to the loss of lives and property of innocent people and petty traders,” he said.

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