The elders of the Isiagu community in the Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State has revealed that incessant robberies in the community had pushed their children to join cults in order to curb the menace.
According to reports, the elders claimed that the robbers were being sponsored by prominent men in the community.
Messrs Ifeatu Ezeugo, Nnebedum Samuel and Ifeanyi Okeke called on law enforcement agencies and on both state and federal governments to save them from the panic the occasional criminal activities had caused.
Ezeugo stated, “The ugly trend, which has continued unabated in the community, has forced some of our children to join cults so as to defend themselves and the community.
“The people robbing the community are from here, but are being sponsored by prominent men in Isiagu on the pretext of a leadership tussle. The Isiagu community has being in this ugly situation for over six years now; no development.
“Our children in the Diaspora no longer come home due to the fear of being attacked by cultists or armed robbers.”
Ezeugo explained that many shops had been invaded by the robbers and that they had weapons which could enable them break into houses and shops.
However,the police spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed, said the police had not been informed of the criminal acts.