Akwa Ibom proscribes 51 cult groups

The Akwa Ibom State Government has signed the Cultism and Other Violent Behaviour (Prohibition) Order, 2020 of the state into law.

Udom Emmanuel, the state governor proscribed 51 cult groups and societies in the state following the recent cult-related violence and unrest in schools.

The latest proscription is in addition to 14 other cult groups earlier proscribed in 2018.

The proscription order which was signed order also takes effect from March 16, 2020.

Reiterating his administration’s commitment to maintaining the state’s record in safety, peace, security and investor-friendliness, as well as ensuring a future for the Akwa Ibom youth, the Governor said the new law has been expanded to cover components not covered in the previous law.

He therefore declared the revocation of the Cultism and other violent Behavior (Prohibition) Order, 2018.