Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, has blamed international oil companies for the recent outbreak of violence and cult-related activities in the state. Wike was reacting to the gruesome killing of 17 people in the state on New Year Day by unknown gunmen, The governor said oil companies in the state were awarding surveillance contracts to cultists who in turn use the money to buy sophisticated weapons to terrorize communities. The governor spoke on Friday when he received the visiting Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau, at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Mr. Danbazzau said he was directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to visit the state and assess its security situation because of the killing. A Government House statement quoted the governor as telling the minister that the security agencies in the state knew the cult kingpins terrorising various communities in the state. “The security agencies have the profiles of all cult kingpins in different parts of the state and they know their locations.
“There is no wisdom in the politicization of security. Insecurity can affect anybody. You can never know the next victim of insecurity,” Mr. Wike said, adding that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has failed to heed several requests made by the Rivers government for the deployment of special squads to tackle cultism and kidnapping in the state.