Governor Wike Break Silence, Speaks On Cult Related Killings In The State
His Excellency Nyesom Ezebuwon Wike,Governor of Rivers state, Nigeria for the first time since the renewed cult killings in the state spoke on the development Today, April 15,2019 in Government house Rivers state during a visit to Him by the Rivers state Council of Traditional rulers
Some Rivers residents had criticized the Governor for not speaking on the issue in a state wide broadcast last week Thursday after the supreme court struck out the appeals of the main opposition All Progressive Congress(APC) party in the state challenging action of INEC to exclude the party from contesting for 2019 general elections in the state
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Rivers State Government to tackle cult-related killings says Governor Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the State Government will frontally tackle cult-related killings in parts of the state.
Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday when the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers paid him a congratulatory visit on his re-election, Governor Wike said that his administration will take the fight to cultists.
He said: “We will not allow these cultists who want to paint the state black continue to cause mayhem.
“We will take the fight to them. Enough is enough. These people cannot continue to kill our people “.
Governor Wike revealed that he met with the State Security Council on Sunday Night and modalities were worked out on how to rid the state of cult-related killings.
He urged the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers to support the State Government in the fight against cultism, saying that prompt information will be useful in tracking down the criminal elements.
Governor Wike stated that he will jealously guard the interest of Rivers State and ensure further development of the State .
“I am a total , unrepentant Rivers Man. I will continue to jealously Guard the interest of the state”, he said.
Governor Wike thanked the Traditional Rulers for the solidarity visit, but regretted that some of them were involved in party politics, despite his advise that they should stay off the political terrain.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amayanabo of Opobo, King Douglas Dandeson Jaja said that they were in the Government House to congratulate Governor Wike for a well deserved victory.
He thanked Governor Wike for extending the olive branch of peace to his opponents and urged the opponents to accept the governor’s offer.
He lauded Rivers women for the wonderful role they played to defend votes across the state, especially standing firm to resist the invasion of Collation Centres by the Nigerian Army .
King Jaja prayed God to always grant Governor Wike the capacity to lead the state in the right direction.
Simeon Nwakaudu ,
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media.
15th April, 2019.