* As fight for territory leads to state-wide killings, beheading
By Codratus Godson
Cult-killing has led to almost 30 deaths with most of the victims having their heads cut off across Rivers State in a suspected but ceaseless bid by the two rival cult gangs in the state to win control of most territories.
Now, the state governor, Nyesom Wike, has issued a ‘stop action’ order saying enough is enough. He has also promised to take the fight to the gangs, saying their action has demarked Rivers State in recent times.
Speaking at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Monday, April 15, 2019, when the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers paid him a congratulatory visit on his re-election, Gov Wike said that his administration would take the fight to cultists.
He 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 “.
Governor Wike revealed that he met with the State Security Council on Sunday night and modalities were worked out on how to rid the state of cult-related killings.
He 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.
Governor Wike stated that he will jealously guard the interest of Rivers State and ensure further development of the State. “I am a total, unrepentant Rivers man. I will continue to jealously guard the interest of the state”.
Earlier, the chairman of the body, the Amayanabo of Opobo, Douglas Dandeson Jaja, thanked Gov Wike for extending the olive branch 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 the invasion of Collation Centres by the Nigerian Army.