Delta youth, men, and women numbering about 50 from the Okirighwre community, Sapele Local Government Area (LGA) accused the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Monday Igbuya of working with the Director Public Prosecution(DPP) to release members of a killer cult squad. The squad, which is called “White Ladder Cult” is allegedly loyal to Speaker Igbuya.
The angry Deltans made the accusation on Monday during a protest outside of the Delta State Ministry of Justice in Asaba, the capital of the State.
It will be recalled that in August 2015 youths led a similar protest to the State Ministry of Justice. During that protest the youths were protesting an alleged N5 million bribe paid out to allow the leader of the cult, Sunday Okoro, to walk free.
On Monday, the protesters carried signs with inscriptions such as "Delta Speaker stop shielding criminals”, “A cry for justice and Protection from Okirighwre”, and “DPP prosecute the killers of our brothers from Okirighwre”, among others.
The marchers accused the leader of the “White Ladder Cult” of working to reelect Speaker Igbuya as well as engaging in numerous murders and acts of arson and kidnapping since 2009.
According to the protesters, Ministry of Justice officials are not prepared to prosecute the case because of the influence of Speaker Igbuya.
They urged the office of the DPP to release Mr. Okoro’s case file, charge number MS 193C.
The leader of the protesters, Gabriel Omofeye alleged that the cult leader was still offered protection in Sapele by the local government.
"The magistrate struck out Mr. Okoro’s case and remanded his three accomplices in Sapele Prisons.
“We are appealing to the DPP because we learnt that N5 million has been given to the officials of the Ministry of Justice by the accused persons, ” Mr. Omofeye said.
The youth leader went on to call upon the ministry officials to bring the case file forward before the accused are granted bail.
A victim of the killer cult squad, Agboroki Agboroh William, described his ordeal to SaharaReporters.
“I was attacked by 10 cultists wielding bottles and knives, after I refused to join their group.”
"The cultists also stole a lot of my property. Two of my fingers on my left hand are paralyzed,” Mr. William explained.
The victim when on to note that several of his attackers were the same men on the dock who may be granted bail.