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Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Government on Friday declared two cultists, ThankGod Wandikom and one Friday asenemies of the state.
The government said the two cult group had refused to submit to the amnesty programme of the state.
The Special Assistant to Governor Nyesom Wike on Amnesty Programme, Mr. Kenneth Chinda, stated this at Isiokpo community in Ikwerre Local Government Area, while granting freedom to the leader of Icelander cult group, Justice Amadi, popularly called Italina.
Speaking, Chinda stated that the two Deygbam leaders in Omerelu community of the local government Wandikom and Friday, had refused to accept the amnesty programmme of the state government.
Chinda said that duo had refused to come out on different occasions they were invited by the committee, stressing that other members of the cult in the area had repented.
The S.A gave the two leaders of the cult group in the area, 48 hours ultimatum to surrender their arms or risk being declared wanted by the government.
He stressed that the government was poised on returning sanity to the state, noting that anybody who refuses to denounce cultism in the state would be faced with fierce action by the security.
Chinda said, “The state government is today declaring two leaders of Deygbam cult group in Omerelu community, ThankGod Wandikom and Friday as enemies of the state. They refused to surrender to the amnesty programme.
“They said they will not bring out their guns. So on that note, we declare them enemies of Rivers State. When they come and submit their arms we will grant them amnesty. I f they refuse, we are giving them 48 hours, then we will declare them wanted.”
Meanwhile, the leader of the cultists who submitted to the Amnesty committee programme, Justice Amadi, thanked the state government for the privilege.
Amadi urged the government to ensure that they integrated them into the community and provide a source of livelihood for the repentant cultists.
He said that he had repented long ago before the government came for the programme, noting that he was tired of living in the bush why hiding from security agents.
“I am happy today that the state government is giving us this opportunity. I have repented long ago before this opportunity came to us because I became tired of hiding and living in the bush.
Because the repentance is from my heart I did not leave behind any of my guns except one that one of my friends who had been already arrested took from me.
Meantime, the Chairman of Ikwerre local government area, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, has promised that the government would give the repentant cultists skills acquisition programmes as a means of providing help.
Nwanosike who spoke after the cultists submitted their arms to the government warned against sale of hard drugs in the area, stressing that anybody caught selling such drugs would be made to face the wrath of the law.
He disclosed that the LGA had already instituted a regional amnesty office in the area to cater for the needs of the repentant cultists, noting that the lives of the cultists would be repositioned.