Wike Vows to Tackle Cult-related Killings in Rivers

Nyesom Wike

Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

Worried by the resurgence of cult-related killings in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike, has declared that the state government would frontally tackle menance in parts of the state.

Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt yesterday when the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers paid him a congratulatory visit on his re-election, Wike said his administration would take the fight to the cultists.

“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 said.

Wike disclosed 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 would be useful in tracking down the criminal elements.

The governor stated that he would jealously guard the interest of the 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,” he said.

He thanked the traditional rulers for the solidarity visit, but regretted that some of them were involved in partisan politics, despite his advice that they should stay off the political terrain.

Earlier, the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amayanabo of Opobo, King Douglas Dandeson Jaja, said that they were in Government House to congratulate Wike for a well-deserved victory.

He thanked Wike 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 the invasion of collation centres by the Nigerian Army .

King Jaja prayed God to always grant the governor the capacity to lead the state in the right direction.