Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the state government will frontally tackle cult-related killings in parts of the state.
No fewer than 25 persons, including two police officers and a traditional ruler had been killed in the past 10 days following clashes between rival cult groups in communities in Obio/Akpor, Eleme, Ikwerre, Etche, Emohua, Port Harcourt City and Khana local government areas of the state.
Wike, who spoke on Monday when Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers paid him a congratulatory visit on his re-election, at Government House, Port Harcourt, said his administration will take the fight to cultists.
The governor said: “We will not allow these cultists who want to paint the state black continue to cause mayhem. We will take the fight to them. Enough is enough. These people cannot continue to kill our people.”
He revealed that he met with the State Security Council on Sunday night and worked out modalities on how to rid the state of cult-related killings.
Wike urged the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers to support the state government in the fight against cultism, saying that prompt information will be useful in tracking down the criminal elements.
The governor, who stated that he will jealously guard the interest of Rivers State and ensure further development of the State, said: “I am a total , unrepentant Rivers Man. I will continue to jealously Guard the interest of the state.”
He thanked the traditional rulers for the solidarity visit, but regretted that some of them were involved in party politics, despite his advise that they should stay off the political terrain.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amayanabo of Opobo, King Dandeson Douglas-Jaja said they were in the Government House to congratulate Wike for a well deserved victory.
Douglas-Jaja thanked the governor for extending the olive branch of peace to his opponents and urged the opponents to accept the governor’s offer.
He lauded Rivers women for the wonderful role they played to defend votes across the state, especially standing firm to resist he invasion of Collation Centres by the Nigerian Army .