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Wike vows to rid Ogoniland of cultists

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Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has vowed to rid Ogoniland of cultism, by ensuring those involved in cult-related activities are arrested and punished accordingly.

Wike said the State Security Council (SSC) would deploy more security personnel to the troubled Ogoni communities with a view to restoring peace and checking cult activities.

He spoke, yesterday, when he led SSC commanders to Kono-Boue and Kereken-Boue Towns in Khana Local Council.

Meanwhile, members of Ogoni Youth Federation are going on a protest to the Rivers State Government House, during the week over incessant killings.

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OYF president, Legborsi Yamaabana said the frequent killings and dynamiting of houses in Ogoniland horrified the group.

The group said everyday, Ogoni people are trapped and encircled by forces of anarchy, groan in pain and bleed under the terror of marauders.

Yamaabana regretted that having severally commented on the issue of insecurity, there has not been any effective modality to put an end to the senseless insurgency ravaging Ogoni by security agencies and the state government, whose primary responsibility is protection of life and property.

The Ogoniland witnessed increase in crime cases since beginning of this year, especially, cult-related activities, a situation, which has sent several persons to early grave and displaced hundreds of residents.

Wike said: “We will do everything possible to make sure that those involved in these criminal cult activities don’t go free. You have to cooperate with us to get the killers. Community members know those who have perpetrated these crimes. No armed robber operates in a place without local support. Therefore, support us with credible information. We have taken measures to restore peace,” he said.

Chairman of Khana Local Council, Mr. Lahteh Loolo, said cultists had displaced some communities in the area and commended Wike for his response, which has reduced the number of casualties.


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