Following clashes between rival cult groups in Ohaji-Egbema Local government area, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has urged the Imo State Government to set up a commission of enquiry on incessant killings by cult groups.
NEMA Coordinator in Owerri Operations office, Mr. Evans Ugoh, spoke yesterday during the agency’s assessment visit to Umuobi and Obile autonomous communities.
The NEMA chief noted that most communities in the area had been disserted since the crisis started in March.
Eleven persons, including a husband and his pregnant wife, were killed in Obile autonomous community last month by suspected cultists.
The situation forced schools, hospital, farms and other economic activities to shut down in the affected communities.
Ugoh said NEMA’s assessment report showed that about 100,000 persons were displaced within the period.
The NEMA coordinator said the state government needed to step into the matter to ascertain those behind the kilings.
He further noted that if urgent steps were not taken to stop the groups from killing more people, it might affect Federal Government’s proposed plans to set up a gas plant in the area.