Bayelsa State Police Command notes with dismay the resurgence of cult related activities and clashes in the State, most especially in Yenagoa and its environs.
A statement by Police Public Relations Officer Bayelsa State Command , Asinim Butswat noted “as a proactive measure to forestall future cult clashes and violent crimes and to ensure law and order is maintained, the Command has set-up a Special Squad to confront cultists and violent criminals in the State. ”
He further hinted that “the Squad has since commenced aggressive crack down on cultists and violent criminals. So far, thirty two cultists have been arrested and upon conclusion of investigation will be charged to court under the Bayelsa State Anti-Cultism law.
“Consequently, all cult leaders, patrons and members, including minors, who have been influenced into joining the various cult groups are hereby warned to desist forthwith from any gathering, initiations and campaigns as well as any activity to promote the interest of their groups irrespective of its being violent or non-violent.
“The State Police Command is not unaware of the open and hidden involvement of prominent individuals supporting the activities of the cult groups.
“The Command wishes to state clearly and unequivocally that henceforth their perceived positions of elevation will not protect them if found violating the law.
“The Public is hereby advised to take particular note of sections 1,2,3,4 and 6 of the *Bayelsa State Secret Cults/Societies and similar activities (Prohibition) Law, 2012,* which provides for the prohibition of secret cults and sundry offences with punishment ranging from 5 to 10 years imprisonment without the option of fine.”