About 22,430 cultists and militants renounced cultism and embraced the amnesty offer of the Rivers state government instituted on Tuesday, the State Amnesty Programme Committee said.
As a result of this, the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, announced the disbandment of all armed vigilante groups in the state and directed security agencies to profile members to ensure they did not belong to cult groups.
Wike made the announcement during the submission of the report of the Rivers State Amnesty Programme by the Chairman of the committee, Hon. Kenneth Chinda in Port Harcourt.
The governor further stated that due to the fact that 911 assorted arms, 7661 assorted ammunitions and 147 explosives were surrendered made the programme a success and the state relatively peaceful.
He assured all the repentant cultists and kidnappers that they would be duly rehabilitated and made to become useful to the society.
Giving a breakdown of the repentant cultists, Chinda, who is also Wike’s Special Adviser on Amnesty, said 6,985 were of the Icelanders cult group while Greenlanders were 942, Degbam 4,329, Dewell 635 and others 9,539.