EKPOMA-No fewer than 23 members of secret cult groups have publicly renounced cultism at the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo State.
This is as two suspected cultists have been arrested in the university town of Ekpoma for attempting to forcefully recruit some students into their cult group.
The repentant cultists renounced membership of secret cults at a church service organized by the Chapel of the Good Shepherd Church and the Redeemed Christian Church of God in conjunction with Ambrose Alli University.
Speaking at the event, the dean of Students Affairs of the university, Prof. Isaac Aigbedion enthused that the renunciation marked the beginning of a new dawn in the university.
Aigbedion said renouncing cultism meant abandoning reckless life style and evil ways, adding that no good thing comes from the devil.
“I know today, the devil have been put to shame through these young lads who have decided to abandon him for God, leaving the bush for a straight road that leads to God’s own way.
“After today’s renunciation, I am quite sure that a lot of parents and guidance would know that cultism has been swept away from AAU and Esan West Local Government Area”, he said.
In a brief sermon by the pastor of the Good Shepherd Church, Rev. Innocent Ebbeh praised the student for taking the decision to resource cultism, noting that by the decision they have opened positive doors to their futures.
He warned the congregation to be mindful of the decision they make in life, pointing out that choices made by humans in life either makes or mar his or her future.
High points of the event were prayer and deliverance exercises for repentant cultists, conducted by the zonal pastor of Edo Province 4, Benin, of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Allan Dirisu and Pastor (Mrs) Hilda Aigbedion of RCCG, Ekpoma.
Meanwhile, two suspected cultists have been arrested in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State, while attempting to forcefully recruit some students into their cult group.
They were apprehended and handed over to security agency by the Association of Indigenes Against Cultism in Esan West, and were paraded at the renunciation venue.
Items recovered from the suspected cultists are two cut to size guns and one small axe otherwise known as battle axe.
The suspected cultists who confessed to be members of Jurist Confraternity, however claimed they were on the verge of renouncing their membership of the cult when they were apprehended.