-To Build Police Station, Barracks On Recovered Lands
After several weeks of warning cultists in Rivers state to give way for peaceful development of the state, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Tuesday, demonstrated his desire to back his threats with action when he led security agencies to pull down homes identified as cultists den in Obio/Akpor Council area.
The governor also mandated his Special adviser on Lands to begin the process of acquiring the lands for the purpose of building Police stations and barracks.
Leading the demolition, Wike also ordered immediate demolition of every property used for cult related activities, in line with the state anti-kidnapping and cultism law.
Governor Wike however, reiterated his offer of amnesty to cultists and kidnappers who give up their weapons and submit same to security agencies and commit themselves to honest living.
On Tuesday, Governor Wike in company of soldiers and policemen supervised the demolition of the home and hideout of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area notorious suspected cultist and kidnapper, Munachim Ihunwo, in Rumuolumini community.
The governor stated that his administration has zero tolerance for cultism and kidnapping. He said any suspect arrested will face the full weight of the law.
He informed that the suspected cultist, already arrested, and his boys, had terrorized Obio/Akpor Local Government Area, creating insecurity in the commercial zone of the state.
“The Rivers State Government has taken over the criminal 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 home of the kingpin that we have also demolished.
“This is to let members of the public know that this administration is serious. We will not allow anyone to cause insecurity in this state. We will chase criminals to their hideout”, he said.
Speaking further, Governor Wike said: “Let them submit their arms and we will give them amnesty”.
The governor declared that the state government will continue to demolish the homes and hideouts of confirmed cultists and kidnappers to serve as a deterrent to would-be cultists and kidnappers.
He commended the combined team of soldiers and policemen for effectively fighting criminals in the state.
Governor Wike appealed to people of the state to continue to cooperate with security agencies by providing relevant information that will lead to the arrest of criminals.
Briefing Governor Wike on the operation that led to the capture of the suspected notorious cult kingpin, Lieutenant Colonel AC Unogu, alleged that Ihunwo runs a camp with 200 armed criminals.
He noted that the security agencies are working round the clock to locate the camp.
Lt-Colonel Unaogu said that the cult kingpin, and his boys, were captured in their hideout which has a shrine with human skulls.
It was learnt that the demolished home of the cult kingpin also has a tunnel and shrine with human skulls.
Governor Wike directed the Special Adviser on Lands, Anugbum Onuoha to initiate the process for the government to acquire the lands hitherto owned by the suspected cultists.