The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Monday accused the Minister of Transportation and the immediate past governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi, of forming a new cult group with the aim of creating security crisis in the state.
The governor spoke while commissioning the Kpopie-Bodo Road in Gokana Local Government Area as part of activities to commemorate two years anniversary of his administration.
Mr. Wike, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, who was sworn in as governor on May 29, 2015, has been having a running political battle with Mr. Amaechi, his predecessor and member of the All Progressives Congress.
According to a statement by his media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu, the governor said the cult group formed by the minister was christened “New Rivers Cult Group.”
The governor also alleged that Mr. Amaechi inaugurated the group at a private residence in Woji area of Port Harcourt, the state capital after which he (minister) distributed N500, 000 to its members from each of the 23 local government areas.
He also alleged that the group was being coordinated by the duo of Ojukaye Flag Amachree and Oji Ngofa, who he said were mobilized by the minister.
According to him, Mr Ojukaye is presently standing trial for murder.
“Let me alert Nigerians; I am only informing Nigerians and security agencies of the crime against Rivers State by the immediate past governor,” Mr. Wike said.
“We have successfully concluded the state amnesty programme for cultists in the state, but the former governor has set up another cult group.”
The governor, who said the members of the new group had been armed for the 2019 general elections, alleged that Mr. Amaechi assured members of the new group of adequate security protection.
He asked the security agencies to call the minister to order and vowed that the group would be resisted by the law-abiding people of the state.
“I am shouting for the security agencies to hear us. Let heaven hear us. Let nobody allow his son to be used,” he said.
“No amount of cult recruitment can intimidate us. I am calling on the security agencies to call the former governor to order.”
Mr. Amaechi could not be reached for comments. Repeated telephone calls to his media aide, David Iyofor, did not connect.
Mr. Iyofor did not also respond to an SMS sent to him.
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