By Clementina Wewele
Residents of Oghara in Delta State now live in fear following rising cult and ritual-related killings and wanton burglaries in the area and its environs.
Oghara is the headquarters of Ethiope West Local Government Area that makes up the Ethiope Federal Constituency in Delta Central Senatorial District.
It was gathered that not less than three persons had been shot dead by unknown gunmen and the lifeless body of a girl dumped in a swamp after removing some organs from her body.
Some residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity said the dastardly killings have instilled fear in them.
“We want the state government to step into the issue and proffer solutions to stop the unwholesome development,” they said.
The Chairman of Ethiope West Local Government Council, Hon. Oghenedoro Owoso, said the council was on top of the situation, adding that some persons have been arrested in connection with the killings and breach of peace in the locality.
He noted that cultism and ritual killings in the area had been worrisome, adding that all hands must be on deck to tame the situation.
The Council boss urged those involved in unlawful acts to repent, warning that anyone found wanting would be prosecuted accordingly.
He advised residents to go about their lawful businesses and be security conscious.