The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has signed the Cultism and Other Violent Behaviour (Prohibition) Order, 2020 for the state into law.
The governor proscribed 51 cult groups and societies in the state following the recent cult-related violence and unrest in schools.
This is in addition to 14 other cult groups earlier proscribed by the state government in 2018.
The proscription order which was signed yesterday by Governor, Udom Emmanuel, came into effect on March 16, 2020.
Reiterating his administration’s commitment to maintaining the state’s record in safety, peace, security and investor-friendliness, as well as ensuring a future for the Akwa Ibom youth, the Governor said the new law has been expanded to cover components not covered in the previous law.
He therefore declared the revocation of the Cultism and other violent Behavior (Prohibition) Order, 2018. Read full statement below:
CULTISM AND OTHER VIOLENT BEHAVIOR (PROHIBITION) ORDER
IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred on me by Section 70 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. 38, Vol. 2, Laws of Akwa lbom State, 2000 and all other powers enabling me in that behalf, 1, MR. UDOM EMMANUEL, the Governor of Akwa lbom State of Nigeria do hereby make the following –
Proscription of cults, societies and groups.1.
(1) The cults, societies and groups listed herein are hereby declared unlawful and forthwith proscribed in Akwa lbom
(b) Black Axe;
(f)Luttox (Junior Black Axe);
(m) Akwa Marines; and
(n)Utoto Groups (419);
(2) In addition to the cults, societies and groups listed under sub-paragraph (1) of this paragraph, the following cults,groups or societies in Secondary and Primary Schools in Akwa Ibom State are hereby declared illegal and forthwith proscribed
(e)Sept 11 Group;
(f)Secret Sons of Satan;
(h)J.V (Junior Vikings);
(o)Sons of Nights;
(r)White Angels; and
(3) In furtherance to sub-paragraph (1) and (2) of this paragraph and in addition to the cults, societies and groups listed therein, the under listed cults, societies and groups whether outside or within tertiary institutions, secondary or primary
schools are also hereby prohibited
(a)Daughters of Queen Amina
(d)Neo Black Movement of Africa
(e)Temple of Eden
(f)Daughters of Jezebel
(h) Black Brazier
(o) Black Eye
(q)Sons of Nights
(v)Supreme Dred Lock
(aa) Street Mafia
(bb) Family Mafia
(cc) Supreme Red Skin
(dd) Italian Mafia
(ee) Separate Brothers Confraternity
Activities consistent with cultism
2.NotWithstanding the provisions of paragraph 1 of this any cult, society or group by whatsoever name whose activities are found to be consistent with the activities of a cult shall be Considered and treated as such under this Order.
3. The activities of all cult, society or group mentioned inparagraph 1 and 2 of this Order are hereby prohibited and defaulters shall be prosecuted in accordance with the Cultism,
Offensive Weapons and Violent Behavior (Prohibition) Law, 2004, or any other enabling law in that regard.
Revocation. 4. The Cultism and Other Violent Behavior (Prohibition) Order, 2018 is hereby revoked.
Citation. 5. This Order may be cited as Cultism and other Violent Behavior (Prohibition) Order, 2020 and shall come into force on the 16th day of March 2020.
Made under my hand at Uyo this 16th day of March 2020
MR. UDOM EMMANUEL
Akwa lbom State
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