By Davies Iheamnachor, Amarachi Uzoma & Ananaba Isioma
PORT HARCOURT—NO fewer than 1,300 cult members have denounced cultism in Ogoni area of Rivers State after attending a crusade organised by the Deeper Christian Life Ministries.
It was gathered that based on incessant cult-related killings and kidnappings in the area, men of God met and decided to seek spiritual interventions.
According to sources, the community then invited the General Superintendent of Deeper Life, Pastor William Kumuyi, for a deliverance crusade during which the cultists repented and surrendered to God.
Briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt on the development yesterday, President of Ogoni Youth Development Initiative, OYDI, Mr. Imeabe Oscar, expressed joy that peace had returned to Ogoni after the cultists repented.
He thanked Pastor Kumuyi for the prayers made during the programme for the people of the area, calling on other communities troubled by cultists to seek God’s intervention.
Oscar said: “I am happy to tell you that the crusade by W. F. Kumuyi has brought about peace in Ogoniland. A good number of the cultists have given their lives to God.
“It will also interest you to know that after the crusade, Deeper Life Ministries graciously took 1,300 cultists to her camp ground, where changes were made in their lives.
“We will also introduce skills acquisition and other development programmes for these youths so that they will not go back to their old lives; we also call on the government to help set up new ideas and projects for these youths.”
One of the repentant cultists (names withheld), recounting his earlier activities before repen-tance, said: “I was a terrorist.
“I go to the federal road to shoot and kill people. I derived joy in terrorising people.”