Police Fighting to contain the Cultist Menace
Cultist and Other Violent Behaviour Prohibition Order 2018 have been signed into law by the Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel. Speaking during a brief signing ceremony in Government House, Uyo, the governor noted that recent violent activities of cultist in three local government areas of Ikot-Ekpene, Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo has necessitated the urgent enforcement of the law so as to deterred people who have taken cult activities as a profession to have a rethink.
The law insisted the governor, will also support and add more bite to the operation of the Criminal Code Law Cap38 Laws of Akwa Ibom State dated the year 2000. He asserted his power to so make relevant laws to guard the state from the invasion of criminal elements from section 70 of the Criminal Code Law Cap 38, Volume 2 laws of Akwa Ibom 2000.
Governor Udom warned all the 31 local government areas of the state to be vigilant and responsive to the threat of cultism by offering valuable information on the persons and groups involved in cult activities in the state. Though only three local government areas are associated with this menace, the law will, however, operate to cover the whole state.
The governor had kind words to those peaceful areas of the state when he said: ” let me also implore other councils that have actually embrace peace to continue to show it in their conduct and everything they do because we want peace in every part of the state.”.
Governor Udom Emmanuel
Supporting the governor in condemning the activities of cultists in the state, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Uwemedimo Nwoko asserted that cultists and other criminal activities in the state is causing grave concern to the government and people of the state hence the need to checkmate their activities and stopped them once and for all.
Nwoko re-iterated the ban on all cult activities in the state and re-emphasized the seven years imprisonment terms for culprits. He also revealed that the state government considers the seven years imprisonment terms inadequate hence it is considering making a proposal for an amendment of this law by an upward review of the imprisonment terms to make it more punitive for culprits so as to further discourage its activities.
Nwoko condemned the emergence of cult groups in secondary schools as well as in other strata of the society. He canvassed for the full cooperation of the public towards riding the society of cults by rendering useful information to the Nigerian Police in order to arrest and prosecute cultists and help make the society peaceful and safe.