Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has signed into force, the Cultism and other
Violent Behaviour Prohibition Order 2018 outlawing 33 groups including the Pirates Confraternity in the state.
Emmanuel said the security issues reported recently in Etim Ekpo, Ukanfun and Ikot
Ekpene local government areas necessitated this and other security measures which would take effect from March 12, 2018.
Speaking during the brief signing ceremony in Uyo yesterday, the Governor said the Cultism and other Violent Behaviour Prohibition Order 2018, is to reenergize the already existing criminal code law, Cap 38 Laws of Akwa Ibom State dated 2000.
The governor who drew his powers from Section 70 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 38 Volume 2
laws of Akwa Ibom (2000), said that although only three local government areas have security
flash points, the law was binding and would be effected in all the 31 local government areas of the state.
He said, “Let me also implore other local government areas that have actually embraced peace to
continue to show that in their conduct and everything that they do, because we want peace
in every part of this state.” He said.
The proscribed groups include Vikings, Black Axe, KKK; Buccaneers, Mafia, Luttox (Junior Black Axe),Debam, Dew Pirates Confraternity, Icelanders, Red Skins, Pirates, Amoc, Akwa Marines; and Utoto Groups (419).
Others proscribed groups found in secondary and Primary Schools include the Luttox, The Red Skins, St. Stephens, Dewell, Sept 11 Group, Secret Sons of Satan, King Cobra, J.V (Junior Vikings), Bats, Predators, Black Ladies, Black Cross, Scavengers, Skylolo , Sons of Nights, Blood Brotherhood, Junior Buccaneers, White Angels; and Musket.
Earlier, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr Uwemedimo
Nwoko lamented that the problem of cultism and other unlawful societies in the state has become a major source of concern to the state.
“This is why the Governor made the order to prohibit and ban the operations and recognition or activities of all the listed cult group as they are henceforth banned and prohibited in Akwa Ibom.
“The Secret Cult Prohibition Law provides a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment for the culprit. And having reviewed the law, we have come to terms with the fact that these penalties are not adequate as of today to serve as a deterrent to people who are found guilty of this law and so His Excellency is very soon going to propose to the House of Assembly an
amendment to this law to raise the level of penalty and sanctions that will follow
contravention of the laws.” He said.
Nwoko decried the growing number of groups in the society, in secondary schools and even at other strata of the society.
“Some of them are operating in very secret manners and it is the responsibility of every Akwa Ibomite and every resident of Akwa Ibom who identifies or knows where they operate and the name under which they operate to bring to the knowledge of the security agencies and the government for effective action.” He explained.