– About 22,000 cultists have embraced the Rivers state government amnesty initiative
– Victims of cult clashes are beginning to return to their various communities
– Governor Nyesom Wike has disbanded all armed vigilante groups operating in the state
The chairman of the amnesty committee in Rivers state, Kenneth Chindah has said that about twenty-two thousand members of different cult groups have embraced the amnesty offer of the state.
A large cache of arms have been recovered from various cultists and cult groups that have embraced amnesty in Rivers state.
This was made known in the report Chindah submitted to Governor Nyesom Wike. Chindah said the committee observed that cultism is prevalent in the 23 Local government areas of the state.
Chinda said the Amnesty programmed has been yielding positive results, adding that victims of cult clashes are beginning to return to their various communities.
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According to him, “The committee has done a great deal of work in assuring our repentant youths embrace the Amnesty of government.
“Investors who hitherto vacated their host communities are beginning to return to their base.
“Our findings show that there are cultists in the 23 Local government areas of the state with Iceland cult group with over 9,000 members.”
Meanwhile, Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike has announced the disbandment of all armed vigilante groups operating in the state.
Wike made the announcement after receiving the report of the Rivers state amnesty committee at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
The governor directed security agencies to ensure that no vigilante committee exist in the state, except members of the group are profiled by the security agencies and approved by the state government.
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Daily Post reports that the Rivers state governor also dismissed insinuations in some quarters that the state amnesty programme was politically motivated.
He said the evidence of the Amnesty report has proved to critics that his administration was committed to fighting crime and criminality in the state.
Governor Wike further advised the repentant cultist and kidnappers that have denounced crime and criminality to desist from their wicked activities and live responsibly.