Repentant cultists to sign legally binding agreements before amnesty -Wike

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has asked security chiefs in the state to prepare legally binding agreements for repentant cultist who have accepted amnesty.

He said that cultists in the past abused the amnesty granted them by the state government.

Speaking during the presentation of recovered arms by Traditional Rulers of Ekpeye extraction from Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Government Areas at the government house, Port Harcourt, Wike requested that the security chiefs present should work out a Binding Over agreement with adequate legal consequences which cultist that claim to have turned a new leaf must enter with the courts.

The traditional rulers led by His Royal Highness Dr Felix Otuwarikpo presented Arms they have recovered from their subjects that have decided to renounce cultism and criminality and requested for a pardon from the state.

Recall that hundreds of cultists in Ekpeye land accepted a peace deal and committed themselves to a traditional oath on Thursday, June 20 in the most concerted effort yet to end years of insecurity in Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Government Areas of Rivers State.

The cultists of the Iceland group led by Ukela Ochioma responsible for years of violent attacks, kidnapping and other vices in the area, led cultists from camps to take the traditional oath to shun every criminal act.

Ukelachi, code-named Boss Noah was among those who signed an amnesty agreement proclaimed by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike’s administration.

His followers, the main Iceland cult group in Ekpeye land, are expected to refrain from any act of criminality after the oath taking at Ula Ubie village, the ancestral home of the Ekpeye people.