Wike boots out traditional ruler for allegedly harbouring cultists

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A traditional ruler identified as HRM Monday Frank Noryaa, Gbenemene Baabe, has been sacked by Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike for allegedly harbouring cultists in his domain.

Wike reportedly approved the withdrawal of the Certificate of Recognition of the traditional ruler in the state following alleged indictment on cult-related activities within his kingdom.

The sacking of HRM Noryaa was contained in a statement issued and signed on Monday by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu.

“The Traditional Ruler was also indicted for harbouring cultists, leading to insecurity in the area,” the statement added.

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According to the governor, his administration remains committed to the promotion of peace and security across the state.

The development comes after the Nigerian Army described as fake news, fresh allegations leveled against the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division and Land Component Commander Operation Delta Safe, Major General Jamil Sarham, by Governor Wike.

Wike is said to have in a video clip released to newsmen by his special assistant on electronic media, Simeon Nwakaudu, accused General Sarham of leaking proceeds of Rivers State Security Council meetings to criminals in Rivers State.

But responding in a statement on Tuesday, from Nigerian Army Headquarters signed by the deputy director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the Army said there was no truth in Wike’s claims against the GOC 6 division.

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