Uyo – Akwa Ibom State government has signed into force, the Cultism and Other Violent Behaviour Prohibition Order 2018 outlawing 33 cult groups including the Pyrates Confraternity in the state.
Signing the law into force in Uyo, Governor Udom Emmanuel said the security challenges currently being experienced in Etim Ekpo, Ukanafun and Ikot Ekpene local government areas necessitated such and other security measures, which would take effect from March 12 2018.
Addressing the brief signing ceremony, Emmanuel, said the Cultism and other Violent Behaviour Prohibition Order 2018, is to reenergize the existing criminal code law, Cap 38 Laws of Akwa Ibom State dated 2000.
Emmanuel, who drew strength from Section 70 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 38 Volume 2 Lawa of Akwa Ibom (2000), said although only three local government areas have security flash points, the law was binding and would be effected in all the 31 local government areas of the state.
His words: “Let me also implore other local government areas that have actually embraced peace to continue to show that in their conduct and everything that they do, because we want peace in every part of this state.”
The proscribed groups include Vikings, Black Axe, KKK; Buccaneers, Mafia, Luttox (Junior Black Axe), Debam; Dew Pirates Confraternity, Icelanders, Red Skins, Pirates, Amoc, Akwa Marines; and Utoto Groups (419).
Others include groups found in secondary and Primary Schools such as; the Luttox, The Red Skins, St. Stephens, Dewell, Sept 11 Group, Secret Sons of Satan, King Cobra, J.V (Junior Vikings), Bats, Predators, Black Ladies, Black Cross, Scavengers, Skylolo, Sons of Nights, Blood Brotherhood, Junior Buccaneers, White Angels; and Musket.
Justifying the Governor’s move while addressing newsmen in Uyo on Tuesday, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Uwemedimo Nwoko lamented that the problem of cultism and other unlawful acts in the state has become a major source of concern to the state government.
“In 2003, the administration of Obong Victor Attah enacted a law to prohibit cult groups and other unlawful and violence behavior. There is also a provision in the Criminal Code, which prohibits existence of secret societies.
“However, Section 70 of the Criminal Code specifically requires the Governor to; by order, list out cult groups and criminal societies and to prohibit them.
“There was no specific prohibition order prohibiting these cult groups by name. So this action is to give effect to the prohibition of all the cult groups from operating in any part of the state
“This is why the Governor made the order to prohibit and ban the operations and recognition or activities of all the listed cult group as they are henceforth banned and prohibited in Akwa Ibom.”
Nwoko who decried the growing number of cult groups in the state, especially in primary and secondary schools, said such proliferation of the menace further necessitated the Governor’s bold move,
He, however, sued the cooperation of religious organizations, civil society organisations and even families to ensure the workability of the law.
“Just like any other law, it will serve no useful purpose if members of the society do not rise up to support the law because even security agencies will need the cooperation and information from various communities, from various schools, from principals, from everywhere to identify the operations of this groups.
“Some of them are operating in very secret manners and it is the responsibility of every Akwa Ibomite and every resident of Akwa Ibom who identifies or knows where they operate and the name under which they operate to bring to the knowledge of the security agencies and the government for effective action,” he explained.
On eyebrows raised over the inclusion of Pirates Confraternity by members of the public due to their public humanitarian and philanthropic disposition, Nwoko said that their proscription is based on security report.
“Yes, among the proscribed groups is Pirates Confraternity, the one you know. And this is based on security report from security agencies,” Nwoko explained.
To further ensure continued safety and security in Akwa Ibom State, and as practical steps in the direction of curbing cultism in the state, Governor Udom Emmanuel further directed the enforcement of a curfew in Ukanafun and Etim Ekpo Local Government Areas between 6pm and 7am daily.
A release signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh and made available to our correspondent in Uyo, further directed the prohibition of the use of motorcycles in Ukanafun, Etim Ekpo and Ika Local Government Areas between 6pm and 7am daily.
“The prohibition of the use of motorcycles in Ikot Ekpene and Eket Local Government Areas between 6pm and 6am daily, the enforcement of the continued ban of the use of motorcycles within the Uyo Capital City. These directives take immediate effect. Offenders will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly,” the release read.
The Governor therefore reiterates his commitment to ensuring continued safety of lives and property in the State; and urged all law-abiding citizens, residents and visitors to cooperate with security operatives in this pursuit.
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Author: Idongesit Ashameri