Governor Udom Emmanuel proscribes cult groups in the state

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has signed into force, the Cultism and other Violent Behaviour Prohibition Order 2018 with effect from yesterday March 12, noting that the security issues reported recently in Etim Ekpo, Ukanfun and Ikot Ekpene Local Government Areas had necessitated such security re-enforcements.

Speaking during the brief signing ceremony at Government House in Uyo, Governor Emmanuel said the Cultism and other Violent Behaviour Prohibition Order 2018, is actually to reenergize the already existing criminal code law, Cap 38, Laws of Akwa Ibom State dated 2000.

The proscribed cult groups are Vikings,Black Axe, KKK; Buccaneers, Mafia, Icelanders, Pirates, Amoc, Akwa Marines; and Utoto Groups.

Others which are found in secondary and Primary Schools are, the Luttox, The Red Skins, St. Stephens, Dewell, Sept 11 Group, Secret Sons of Satan, King Cobra, Junior Vikings, Bats, Predators, Black Ladies as well as Black Cross and Scavengers, among others.

Earlier, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr Uwemedimo Nwoko lamented that the problem of cultism and other unlawful societies in the state has become a major source of concern to the Governor adding that the issue is why the Governor made the order to prohibit and ban the operations and recognition or activities of all the listed cult groups as they are henceforth banned and prohibited in Akwa Ibom state.

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