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- EMOHUA-SOME imprudent youths, believed to be members of the Icelanders and Greenlanders cult gangs terrorizing communities in Emohua Local Government Area, Rivers State, have met and resolved to stop a clash for supremacy.
The two gangs also regretted their actions, which caused harm to residents in the area, confessing that they were tired of their activities of kidnapping and killings.
The development grounded economic and agricultural activities at Ibaa, Emohua, Ogabkiri, Rumuekpe, Omudioga, Egbeda communities in Emohua local government area to be arid with economic and agricultural activities grounded.
Rivers state government had granted amnesty to cultists, who were involved in supremacy battles, leading to hostage takings, gun running and killings by rival gangs, but few months after the hoodlums resurfaced.
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NDV gathered that the Chairman, Caretaker Committee, Emohua local government, Chief Godspower Nnwoka, initiated the peace project between the two rival cult groups.
At the meeting attended by representatives of the two cult groups, elders, chiefs and stakeholders of the affected communities, Nnwoka urged the cult groups to shun criminal activities and embrace peace in the interest of development.
“I am very happy that I called you all (cultists) and you answered. My concern is how we can rebuild our land because we are living in a collapsed house. Our name is spoilt. We have destroyed our home. If our home is good, we cannot live outside our communities or in bushes.
“I am calling on you to return home, let us make peace. Killing will not do us any good. The garri, which we produce, can feed the entire state but people do not want to come again because they say the place is volatile.
“I am pleading with one of our sons, formerly one of you, Glory Amadi, who has done so well and visited communities to meet with these youths to seek for peace. He has questioned the reason for the continued killings. He wants to return that glory, which God gave to us. We want to progress the way other people are excelling,” he said. Repent and be converted – Ex cultist
Apologetic cultist, Glory Amadi, tasked other youths, “It has been long the name of this local government spoilt. If you do amnesty to government and you do not do it to God, it is not complete. I have had encounter with God, which is why I have changed.
“I do not drink again. I met with Nature (another remorseful notorious cultist in the state), he took me to a Missionary School. I will soon start missionary training. I will not want to pastor in any church, but I will want to travel from place to place to preach the gospel of Christ.”