Wike blames Agip for cult clashes in Rivers

Mkpoikana Udoma 15 June 2016, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, has blamed the Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, over the cult-related killings rocking communities in the state.

Nigeria Agip Oil Company, NAOC.

Nigeria Agip Oil Company, NAOC.

Wike made the allegation when he received the High Commissioner of United Kingdom  to Nigeria,  Mr. Paul Arkwright, at the Government House in Port Harcourt, particularly citing cult issues in Ikwerre, Emohua, Ahoada and other local government areas of the state.

He alleged that NAOC was responsible for empowering the cult groups as it engages them to secure its pipelines instead of working with security agencies

According to the governor, such patronage has led to supremacy conflicts between rival cult groups.

The governor, at another occasion, while receiving the Ogba/Ndoni/Egbema Local Area  Youths Consultative Council, OYCC, at the government house, threatened to revoked the company’s certificate of occupancy over the issue.

According to him, the certificate of occupancy will be revoked “should Agip continue to act against the security of the state”.

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