Governor Udom Emmanuel has proscribed 65 cult groups in Akwa Ibom in an emergency Executive Council meeting in the State government house with effect from 16th March 2020.
The governor stated that his administration committed to maintaining the state’s record in safety, security and investor-friendliness, as well as ensuring a future for the Akwa Ibom youth.
He said, the proscription is under the Cultism and Other Violent Behaviour Prohibition Order 2020 in pursuant to section 70 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Akwa Ibom State.
These are the cult groups banned: Vikings, Black Axe, KKK, Buccaneers,Mafias,Luttox a.k,a junior Black Axe, Debam, Dewell, Icelanders, Redskins, Pirates, Amoc, Akwa Marines and Utoto groups.
Others include September 11, Secret sons of Satan, King Cobra, Junior Vikings,Jv. Bats, Predators, Black Ladies Black Cross, Scavengers, Skylolo,Sons of Nights, Blood Brotherhood, Junior Buccaneers,White Angel’s and Musket, Daughters of Queen Amina,Lion,Leo Line, Neo Black movement of Africa. Temple of Eden, Daughters of Jezebel, Amazon, Black Brazier, Barracudas, Black Berret., The Dragon,Red Devil, Blood Suckers, Scorpion, BlackEye.,Eyie,Sons of Nights,White Angel’s, Yellow Ribbon and Python.
Also proscribed are Black Sword, Supreme Dreadlock, Black Heart, Black Dagger,white Brothers,High Mafia, Street Mafia, Family Mafia, Supreme Redskin, Italian Mafia, Separate Brothers confraternity and Clansmen.
Governor Udom Emmanuel signed the law today in Uyo, declaring illegal the operations of cult organisations in secondary and primary schools in the State.
The law, which comes into effect today, said defaulters shall be prosecuted in accordance with the Cultism, Offensive Weapons and Violent Behavior 2004 or any other enabling law.
It also revoked the 2018 Cultism and other Violent Behaviour Order.
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko explained that the new law is more comprehensive than the 2018 Prohibition.
Daily Tells recalls that, early this year, during Akwa Ibom Solemn Assembly Prayer Summit, Udom Campaign DG, Idongesit Nkanga had warned that, the elders will never allow any person belonging to any cult group to govern the state in 2023.