Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that his administration will continue its anti-cultism and anti-kidnapping war until all criminals are rooted out of the state. Speaking yesterday after he supervised the demolition of two hideouts of suspected cultists and kidnappers at Mini-Okukwu and Mini-Ihunwo suburbs of Port Harcourt, Wike also announced that an aggressive prosecution scheme for suspected cultists and kidnappers had been instituted by the administration. He said nobody would be allowed to slow down the pace of development in the state through criminal activities. The governor said: “We have zero tolerance for crime and criminality. We are determined to make this state safer for residents and investors.
“Therefore, government will always take action on credible intelligence gathered by security agencies. We will root on the spots where criminals use as hideouts across the state.” Wike said the expanse of land reclaimed from cultists and kidnappers in different locations in the state points to the fact that the government must maintain the tempo. “We will not stop until these criminals stop disturbing our people. We will eliminate criminality in Rivers State as we have taken steps to prosecute suspected cultists and kidnappers arrested by security agencies,” he said. The governor called on residents across the state to support the state government and security agencies to maintain the tempo of the war on crime and criminality. He noted that credible information on the hideouts of suspected cultists and kidnappers will go a long way to making the state safer.