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Monarch, House of Reps member accused of sponsoring cult groups in Rivers – Army

 News By: adekunle    Friday, July 14, 2017

BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME

PORT HARCOURT – Army say a House of Representatives member and a traditional ruler in Ozoji community in Rivers state have been accused of allegedly sponsoring two deadly cult groups, Ice Landers and Greenlanders in Ahoada area in the state.

General Officer Commanding 6 Division, Port Harcourt, Major General Enobong Udoh disclosed this yesterday during an interactive session between the high command of the Nigerian army led by the Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai and traditional rulers in the state at the auditorium in the old Government House, Port Harcourt.

” In Ahoada East I am aware it is a problem with Icelanders and Greenlanders. King of Ozochi community is said to be sponsoring Greenlanders, a member House of Representatives is said to be sponsoring the Icelanders.I have invited the both sponsors and the Special Adviser to the governor on Conflict Resolution”, he said.

The GOC, Major General Udoh said the army was working round the clock to restore peace in Ahoada, adding that it would also step up security patrol in Kula, Abonnema and other riverine areas of the state.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Buratai said the army will always work with the Police and other security bodies to achieve enduring peace in the state.

He further solicited cooperation of traditional rulers in the state in the effort by security agencies to effectively secure the state, stressing that their contribution was necessary.

“The traditional rulers,government and the people have important roles to play to secure the state.”, he said.

Earlier His Royal Majesty. Eze Robinson O. Robinson Eze Ekpeye Logbo II, of Ekpeye land and the Amayanabo of Kalabari kingdom, His Royal Majesty Professor Theophilus Princewill lamented the level of insecurity in their areas, urging the army to intervene to help restore normalcy.

Chairman , Rivers state Council of Traditional rulers, His Majesty King Danderson Douglas Jaja, Amanyanabo and Natural Ruler of Opobo kingdom, in his welcome address had urged the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Buratai to redress what he dubbed marginalisation of Rivers indigenes at the top echelon of the army,adding that the army should.recruit more to have enough hands to tackle insecurity all over.

” Our people have not had their fair share in the recruitment into the Nigerian army. Time was when we had army officers from Rivers state. Unfortunately the few left were retired at the last retirement exercise. We need to see that our sons and daughters are counted among officers of the Nigerian army occupying good positions”, he said.

The Chief of Army Staff Guest House, Buratai camp, transit camp and soldiers quarter were commissioned yesterday.

Governor Nyesom Wike commissioned the Guest House built by the state government,assuring that the government will continue to support the army.