Warring cult groups in Ibaa and Obelle communities in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State officially signed a peace accord as part of their commitment to ensure peace and unity in the area.
The signing which was witnessed by traditional rulers, chiefs, elders, women, security operatives and authorities of the local government, was to facilitate the peace initiative conceived by community stakeholders and security agencies to return enduring peace to the area.
Addressing newsmen, immediate past commissioner for Housing, CHINEDU NWEBUEZE-TASIE revealed that the the peace move was initiated following a threat by Governor NYESOM WIKE to withdraw development from communities that are in crisis.
He also appealed to the Governor to ensure the quick completion of Ibaa-Obelle-Rumuji road now that peace has returned to the community.
Meanwhile, the commander in charge of the military deployed in Ibaa community Captain Christian Adukanya has warned that the peace accord will be the last peace agreement that will be signed in the community.
Threatening that security operatives would not fail to enforce and apply stringent means to restore peace in the area should the cultists disrupt the accord signed, commander Christian Adukanya read out the peace accord.
According to the peace agreement read out by the commander, the two cult groups led by CHIKA NED popularly called BISHOP and CHINANU ELEONU who is known as NICKED must respect constituted authority in the community and must lay down their arms.
The peace accord also read that there shall be no form of harassment and extortion from any member of the group while a monitoring committee will be set up to monitor compliance and other conditions.
Our correspondent reports that the Chairman of the local government council, Chief TOM ALIEZI was present at the event that saw the warring cultists embrace each other.
See photos of the ceremony below;