See Who Wike Says Is Funding Cult Activities In Rivers
Cultists seem to be having a field day in Rivers State and the government is lamenting and questioning the role of security agencies.
Recently, at least 14 persons were killed while they were on their way back from a crossover night service.
But the Governor of the state, Mr Nyesom Wike, says the killings were cult related and the cults are being funded by oil multinationals.
At a meeting on Friday with the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau, Wike alleged that there was an orchestrated plan to create the impression that Rivers was not safe through the promotion of the targeted cult related killings.
The governor told the minister that the state government is ready to partner with federal authorities to restore security in affected communities.
"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.
"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 expect that security would be beefed up in these places, I ask this question, Is there an orchestrated plan to tag Rivers State unsafe?
"Is the situation above the security agencies, despite the information we have made available to them?" the governor asked.
Wike lamented that having been funded by multinationals, cultists were able to purchase sophisticated weapons with which they caused mayhem on communities and law-abiding citizens.
He disclosed that the State Government had made several requests to the Inspector-General of Police to deploy special squads to tackle the problem.
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Earlier, the Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Danbazzau noted that he was in the State at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari to assess the security situation.
The Minister on behalf of the President, condoled the government and the people of the State over the killings at Omoku.