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500 Renounce Cultism In Bayelsa As Police Arrest Firearms Supplier

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Over 500 cultists in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital yesterday renounced their membership of various cult groups allegedly involved in violent crimes in some parts of the state.

This is as the Bayelsa State Police Command have confirmed the arrest of a 16-year-old girl, for allegedly supplying arms and ammunition to a gang of cultists who rob residents in Yenagoa led by her boyfriend.

The process of renunciation was witnessed by the leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Peter Akpe, the special adviser to the Bayelsa State Governor on Oil and Gas/Bayelsa Volunteer, Hon. Bonny Ayah, the special adviser on Scholarship, Hon. Jeremiah Owoupele.

Also in attendance were the chairman of the State Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee,  Engr. Igofo-Enieni Samson,  the chairman of the Ijaw Youths Council (central zone), Comrade Tari Porri and the special adviser on Security,  Spirro-Jack.

The event, which was organised by the State Security outfit known as Bayelsa Volunteer headed by Comrade Douye Koroye, was organised as part of the effort of the state government to give second chance to members of cult groups to renounce it and avoid lengthy jail term if arrested.

Comrade Koroye explained that the Bayelsa Volunteer with the assistance of the state government decided that the only proper way is to give the youths a second chance at peace and proper lifestyle. “Nobody will victimise anybody. We are here to renounce cultism and do the right thing,” he added.

The leader of the State House of Assembly, Hon Peter Akpe, explained that the decision by the State Assembly and Dickson administration to pass the Bill amending the 2012 anti-cultism law was based on the need to strengthen the police to arrest and prosecute suspected cultists.

According to Akpe,  “Nobody is interested in killing any repentant youths of the state. As you denounce, it end your era of shame and evil. Cultism will not take you anywhere. Cultism is for the weak minded youths. Anything you take by shedding blood will be taken from you by shedding your blood. “

Also speaking, the chairman of the IYC, Central Zone, Tari Porri, said that the youths of the state should shun cultism and focus their energy at emerging as political force by contesting elections into local government councils and state assemblies in 2019.

Meanwhile, authorities of the Bayelsa State Police Command have confirmed the arrest of a 16-year-old girl, for allegedly supplying arms and ammunition to a gang of cultists who rob residents in Yenagoa led by her boyfriend.

The spokesman of the command, DSP Asinim Butswat, said in  statement yesterday that the arrest followed  counter security measures code-named ‘Operation Safer Bayelsa’ put in place by the command to confront  violent crimes in the state.

He said the gang which the girl supplied and kept deadly arms for had been terrorising residents and robbing them of their belongings, adding that the young men opened fire on security personnel in Azikoro, Yenagoa.

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