Rivers State: Cultists return more ammunition

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More weapons and ammunitions has been returned to the Rivers State government.The Amnesty Committee has said it was expecting the recovery of more arms and ammunition from various cult groups in Gokana and Eleme local government areas.

 The Chairman of the State Amnesty Committee, Mr. Kenneth Chinda, who spoke with Southern City News in a telephone chat, said the committee would not relent until peace returned to Ogoniland.

 Chinda said with the repentance of over 3,300 cultists in Khana Local Government Area, more cultists were expected to leave their old ways and surrender their weapons when the committee visits Gokana and Eleme for disarmament within the next five days.

 He urged those who had surrendered their weapons in Khana LGA not to succumb to pressure from errant politicians and traditional rulers, who might want to lure them back to crime.

 It will be recalled there had been cult-related violence in Ogoniland, leading to loss of lives and destruction of property worth millions of naira.

 Chinda said, “We were in Bori, Khana Local Government Area on Friday and in a few days, we will be in Gokana and after Gokana, we will be in Eleme LGA.

“Our mission is to recover arms and ammunition from repentant cultists in order to bring peace back to Ogoniland. We are calling on the repentant cultists not to fall into the temptation of going back to crime again.

“They (repentant cultists) should ignore some traditional rulers and politicians who would want to use to foment trouble in the communities. The state government is working on roads in Ogoniland and without peace in the area, the contractors will not be able to execute the work.

“They (repentant cultists) were initially not sincere with the programme when we had it the last time. But this time, they are sincere and have surrendered lots of arms and ammunition in Khana.”

Weapons surrendered by former members of Iceland cult group are three AK-47 rifles, one pump-action gun, 17 dane guns, 20 locally-made pistols, 10 AK-47 magazines, four cutlasses, two knives, three axes and five 7.62mm (NATO), 417 quantity of 7.62mm (special),  5.56mm, and four cartridges.

 Those surrendered by former Degbam cult group are three AK-47 rifles, one G3 rifle, one FN rifle, one pump action gun, five AK-47 magazines, one G3 magazine, one FN magazine, eight locally-made pistols and three locally made revolver.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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