No fewer than 3000 youths from Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State have submitted their deadly weapons to a renowned priest in the area.
The residents of Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, wer on Saturday lefts in total shock after at least 3,000 youths voluntarily submitted their arms to a renowned cleric in the area identified as Reverend Father Abel Abulu.
According to a report by Punch Metro, the youths denounced cultism and also surrendered different kinds of guns after the cleric’s message and efforts by Gokana Peace Ambassadors towards restoring peace to the area.
It was gathered that the cultists had on two occasions refused to submit their arms to the committee in charge of the amnesty programme, feigning that they did not have guns.
The cultist’s acceptance to the plea to repent was reportedly achieved through the intervention of Gokana Peace Ambassadors and the clergymen in the area, who went into the creeks to preach peace to the cultists.
While speaking to correspondents, one of the repentant cultists identifies as Denbesi Isaac, said they decided to lay down their arms because they were tired of hiding, and called on the state government to join efforts with the Christian community and the Gokana Peace Ambassadors to ensure adequate empowerment for the repentant cultists.