Two major cult groups in Emohua local government area of Rivers state whose clashes have provoked frequent killings and beheading of rival members have signed a peace accord. The leaders of the groups signed the peace agreement in Port Harcourt to halt all forms of hostilities and criminality in the area.
One of the cult leaders, Chibuzo Chibuike, who signed the peace accord on behalf of his cult members, pleaded for forgiveness and called for empowerment for the youths.
He said: “We the youths of Emohua have come to realize that killing one another is not the best for us. We appreciate your concern for the way we have been living our lives. Please take us as your children. Find a way to empower us. Please in doing this, do not discriminate. We are one. We are all indigenes of Emohua community.”
Another repentant cult leader asked the state government to arrest any cultist that goes against those that will attempt to breach the peace accord.
“There is no politics in what is happening in Emohua, today. It is not about the PDP or the APC. Cult rivalry is the bane of what is happening in Emohua,” he said.
The Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Engineer Emeka Woke, an indigene of the area who initiated the peace accord called on the youths to shun further acts of criminality in the area.
Former Special Adviser on Amnesty to the Rivers state governor, Sir Kingsley Chinda, who witnessed the signing of the peace agreement, stated that the aim of the peace accord was to elicit a ceasefire among the rival cult groups so that peace would return and attract development to the area.
“We are here to reconcile the various groups in Emohua local government area. No more cultism. No more kidnapping. No more armed robbery. No more killings. No more criminality in the area so that the doors of the community will be opened for investors and business people to come in with a view to creating jobs for the young ones.
“We thank them for the solemn declaration that they have made here, today. It is our hope that the warring youths will appreciate the futility of their past efforts in engaging in violent activities in the community,” he said.
In another development, the Ikwerre Youth Movement (IYM), last Saturday embarked on a sentisatisation campaign to sensitise the youths of Ikwerre to desist from engaging in cult activities which had adversely affected the community in recent months.
The commissioner of Police at the event assured that the Police was willing to partner with other stakeholders in the area to eradicate all forms of social vices in the area.
The commissioner said through his representative, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP. Nnamdi Omoni, that the anti-cultism, anti-kidnapping and other specialised police units would collaborate to tackle the issues of killings and beheading of people in the community.