Lawmaker warns youths to shun cultism
From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
NO fewer than five persons were on Sunday night killed in Rivers State, following cult clash that erupted in two communities of the states.
It was learnt that the killers suspected to be cultists had murdered a yet to be identified young man believed to be a cultists in Rumuekini Community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
The suspected cultist was killed and the body abandoned in drainage at Rumuekini, while the decapitated head was sampled on the East-West Road area of Rumuosi.
A source told our correspondent that the community woke early on Monday and found the lifeless body in drainage without the head.
While that incident was happening, suspected cultists killed four persons in Omurele community in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that suspected cultist invaded the community on Sunday night and killed four people including Okechukwu Enyindah, Bobo popularly called Banigo, Amadi, a.k.a. ‘Too much Money’, Timothy and one other simply identified as Scatter.
Meanwhile, a social cultural organization in the state, Ikwerre Youth Movement (IYM) has condemned the resurgence of killings and kidnappings in some parts of the state.
IYM noted that the upsurge in violence would affect the development of the rural communities if not tackled.
Speaking at the IYM secretariat in Isiokpo community, Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state, the President General of the body, Hon. Azubuike Wanjoku, sued for peace among residents of Ikwerre.
Wanjoku, who is the member representing Ikwerre Constituency at the Rivers State House of Assembly described as barbaric the act of beheading victims and warned youths to shun cultism.
He said: “The Ikwerre Youth Movement is not happy over the upsurge in criminal activities in the state, especially as it affects over Ikwerre communities. Ikwerre communities have been undergoing series of violent activities which is affecting development. We are calling on our youth to desist from cultism.
“We are calling on the state government to stand to its responsibility of providing security for the people of the state. I wonder why the state governor could not consolidate on the security strategies set by the past administration in the state.”