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Cult-killings, plot to destabilise Rivers –Wike

Cult-killings, plot to destabilise Rivers –Wike

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has alleged that there is an orchestrated  plot to create the impression that the state is unsafe through the promotion of  targeted cult killings.

This is as the Federal Government called for partnership with the state government to tackle security challenges in the state.  Speaking during a visit of the Minister of Interior, Lt General Abdulrahman Dambazau, to the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday, Governor Wike  said that the security agencies in the state know the cult kingpins terrorising parts of the state.

He said: “The security agencies have the profiles of all cult kingpins  in different parts of the state and they know their locations. There is no wisdom in the politicization  of security.  Insecurity can affect anybody. You can never know the next victim of insecurity “

He urged the security agencies and the Federal Government  to deploy personnel to flashpoints in the state to forestall repeated attacks by cultists. “In every system, the security agencies know the flashpoints . Here we requested for the strengthening of security  around these flashpoints, especially  areas with high prevalence of cultists. I expected that security  would be beefed up in these places.

“I ask this question. Is there an orchestrated  plan to tag Rivers State as unsafe? Is the situation above the security  agencies despite the information  we have made available to them?”, Governor Wike asked . He also blamed  oil multinationals for the explosion of cultism in some communities, pointing out that the multinationals award surveillance contracts to cultists.

He said equipped with funds from multinationals, cultists procure sophisticated weapons with which they terrorise communities and law-abiding persons.

The governor said that the Rivers state government has made several requests to the Inspector General of Police for the deployment of special squads to tackle cultism and kidnapping, adding that the IGP has failed  to deploy the special squads despite his requests.

He said: “the peculiar nature of Rivers state requires peculiar intervention. Before now, I have been shouting that we need support to fight crime. I have made this complaint severally”. The governor berated politicians who want to use the cult-related killings  to play politics and make false allegations  against the state.

Earlier, the Minister of Interior, General Dambazau said he was in Rivers at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari to assess the security situation in the state.

On behalf of the President, he commiserated  with the government and people of Rivers State over the killings at Omoku. “Rivers state is important to the country, particularly  when it comes to the issue of the economy.  It is very important  that the Federal Government partners with the state to see how any security gap can be closed for adequate protection of lives and property,”  he said.


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