From Chris Anucha, Por Harcourt
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, yesterday led security agents to some cultists’ hideouts.
He also directed the immediate demolition of a house in Rumuolumini community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, belonging to one Ihunwo.
He said the building was acquired through crime, adding that his administration has zero tolerance for kidnapping and cultism.
According to the governor, the demolition of the building was in line with the Anti-kidnapping and Cultism Law, pointing out that it was also part of his efforts to rid the state of cultists and kidnappers.
He reiterated his offer of amnesty to cultists and kidnappers who want to surrender their arms to the security agencies.
He said anybody arrested in connection with kidnapping and cultism would face the full weight of the law.
The governor narrated how the suspected cultist (Munachim) and his gang had been terrorising residents of the local government.
He said: “The Rivers State government has taken over the hideout of these arrested cultists. After the ongoing demolition of their hideout, we will build a police station and mini- barracks in this location.”
“We have also taken over the building of the kingpin, that we have also demolished. This is to let members of the public know that this administration is serious. Let them submit their arms and we will give them amnesty. “
According to him, the state government would continue to demolish buildings and hideouts of confirmed cultists and kidnappers to serve as a deterrent.
He however, commended the combined team of soldiers and policemen, for effectively fighting crime in the state.
The governor also appealed to the people to continue to cooperate with the security agencies, by providing useful information that would lead to the arrest of criminals.
Briefing the governor on the operation that led to the arrest of the suspected cultist, Lieutenant Colonel AC Unaogu, alleged that Munachim Ihunwo operated a camp with 200 armed criminals.
Lt Colonel Unaogu disclosed that the leader of the cult group and members of his gang were arrested in their hideout, which according to him, has a shrine and human skulls.
Meanwhile, Governor Wike has directed his Special Adviser on Lands, Anugbum Onuoha, to initiate a process to enable the state government to acquire the lands belonging to the suspects.