Army sounds warning to cultists in Rivers State

The army gave the warning, stating that the military will take serious measures against them if they persist in their evil act.

Cultism has become a major headache for Nigerian security forces

The announcement was made by Captain Eli Lazarus, the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 2 Brigade Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, June 7, 2016.

According to Punch, Lazarus released a statement discouraging the rate of killings carried out by cultists in Rivers state.

“The issues of cult clashes in Rivers State have assumed an alarming dimension and a source of security concern in the state."

"In the past few days, cult clashes were recorded in communities in Ikwerre and Emuoha LGAs of the state with several deaths recorded."

“Amongst these deaths are some of our personnel who were part of the team that responded to distress calls to prevent the situation from further degenerating."

“The cultists are hereby warned to surrender their arms and turn away from their evil ways. Therefore, I wish to state unequivocally that any such attacks on any community will be met with full military action,”

Widespread killings have been recorded since the campaign began for new political positions in Rivers.

This has been facilitated by rival cult groups whenever their interests are threatened.

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