Mr. Udom Emmanuel, Governor of Akwa Ibom state.

By Abasifreke Effiong

Akwa Ibom state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel on Monday signed an executive order proscribing 63 cult groups operating in the state.

The Order which can be cited as cultism and Other Violent Behaviour Prohibition Order 2020, revokes the Cultism and Other Violent Behavior (Prohibition) Order 2018.

Emmanuel who signed the Order during the state executive council meeting said he was exercising the powers conferred on him by Section 70 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. 38, Vol. 2, Laws of Akwa lbom State, 2000 and all other powers enabling him as Governor of the state.

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By the Order, the 63 cults, societies and groups have been declared unlawful and proscribed forthwith.

The affected cults, societies and groups as listed in the executive order are; Vikings; Black Axe; KKK; Buccaneers; Mafias; Luttox (Junior Black Axe); Debam; Dewell; Icelanders; Red Skins; Pirates; Amoc; Akwa Marines; and
Utoto Groups (419); the Luttox; Red Skins; St. Stephens.

Others are, 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

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Other groups operating in schools in the state proscribed by the Order are, Daughters of Queen Amina; Lion; Leo Lion; Neo Black Movement of Africa; Temple of Eden; Daughters of Jezebel; Amazon; Black Brazier; Barracudas; Black Beret; The Dragon; Red devil; Blood Suckers; Scorpion; Black Eye; Eyie; Sons of Nights; Yellow Ribbon; Python; Black Sword; Supreme Dred Lock; Black Heart; Black Dagger; White Brothers; High Mafia; Street Mafia; Family Mafia; Supreme Red Skin; Italian Mafia; Separate Brothers Confraternity and Clansmen.

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The Governor said the Order comes into effect on Monday 16th March 2020 and defaulters shall be prosecuted in accordance with the Cultism,
Offensive Weapons and Violent Behavior (Prohibition) Law, 2004.