*Calls for firm implementation of order

By Ofonime Honesty

Anti-vices advocacy group, School to School Peace Initiative (SPI) has commended Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, for banning cult groups and cult related activities in the state.

The governor exercised his powers in Section 70 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. 38, Vol. 2, Laws of Akwa lbom State, 2000, to make the pronouncement.

SPI, in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Comrade Oliver Cromwell, described the move as “a step in the right direction in the quest of preserving societal values and safeguarding the state.”

Decrying the high prevalence of cult related activities in the state, SPI called on all sectors of the society to support the state government’s action.

“The proscription of cult groups groups is a welcome development that must be embraced by all and sundry, to stem the tide of violence which most times leads to loss of lives and properties”, part of the release reads.

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SPI, founded about three decades ago, with presence in most geopolitical zones of the country, however, called for full implementation of the proscription order.
“It will amount to playing to the gallery if the order is not fully implemented. We believe in the Governor’s sincerity on this, and we hope that all relevant authorities will ensure that the Governor’s good intention does not suffer setback.”

SPI is membered by trained security experts, repentant cultists, professionals in different fields, students and other volunteers who are committed to ensuring safety in tertiary institutions and secondary schools in Nigeria.

The organization has over the years served as a platform for sensitizing, combating and rehabilitating victims/ repentant cultists.