16 youth renounce cult membership, surrender guns in Rivers

Sixteen cultists from two separate cult groups have renounced membership of their cult groups in Rivers State.

The repentant cultists also surrendered AK-47 riffle, pump action gun and three matchetes.

CSP Ebere Amaraizu, the of Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV), said this in a statement made available on Saturday in Enugu.

Amaraizu said that the renunciation was done at Rumuokani in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State on Friday.

He said that the repentant cultists were of Iceland and Degbam cult groups.

He said that they embraced peace by renouncing their membership and surrendering arms to become better citizens and contribute to nation-building.

Amaraizu said that the event was witnessed by some heads of security agencies, POCACOV Rivers State , community and other stakeholders.

“Ten suspected of Degbam cult and 6 suspected of Iceland cult denounced their membership at Rumuokani community in Emeohua Local Government Area of Rivers States.

“They embraced peace and surrendered AK-47 riffle, pump action gun and three matchetes.

“They made a firm promise not to look ,’’ the POCACOV said.

NAN that POCACOV is an initiative of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, meant to prevent the from joining cultism.

The initiative offered olive branch to repentant ones with a view to making better citizens.

On June 12, no fewer than 68 members of the two cult groups had renounced their membership and surrendered their arms in Ogbakiri community in Emohua Local Government Area of the state. (NAN)