Some of the cultists

Cult members, who were involved in kidnappings, killings and armed robberies, have surrendered their weapons before members of the Rivers state Amnesty Committee.

The cultists, numbering up to 2,000 from the cult groups identified as Iceland and Debam embraced the state amnesty on Saturday in Isiokpo, Ikwerre LGA.

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The surrendered weapons include AK 47 rifles, G3, dane guns, dynamite, NATO gun and detonators.

Chairman of the Amnesty Committee, Mr. Ken Chinda, explained that peace was expected to return to Ikwerre council area after the event.

He charged the members not to go back to crime, adding that the state government was sincere about helping them to achieve their dreams.

He also declared two of the cult leaders who refuse the amnesty, Samuel Nkasiobi, aka Italian, and Okechukwu Amadi, aka Gunboat as enemies of the state.

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Chinda warned that soldiers would fish out militants that refused to accept the amnesty. He urged them to shun acts capable of discouraging investors from doing business in the state.

Earlier, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ikwerre LGA, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, explained that with the repentance of the cult members, farmers would be free to work on their farms.

The council chairman said the two cult leaders, who refused to accept the state government’s amnesty, would be declared wanted after a week.

He added that the sum of N10m would be paid to anybody that could give any information on their whereabouts.