The Governor of Rivers State, Mr Nyesom Wike, has declared war on criminals who are terrorising the state through their cult activities.
The Governor gave stern warnings to the groups during the presentation of 57 cars to magistrates in the state judiciary in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
The security situation in the state has raised concerns in recent times with the Governor decrying the situation during a recent security meeting with the Acting President, Yemi Osinbanjo.
The Governor said that these cult groups were sometimes patronised by some multinational companies to protect their facilities which results to battle for recognition and supremacy amongst the groups.
Governor Wike, insists that the state would no longer tolerate the excesses of the cult groups.
Not less than 19 people were reportedly killed in suspected cult clashes in Aluu community in Ikwere Local Government Area and Obite community in Etche LGA in Rivers.
Eyewitnesses say some innocent persons were also caught in the crossfire.