Former cultists and militants who surrendered their weapons to the Rivers State Police Command few months ago, have graduated from a Bible institute owned by Salvation Ministries.
The graduation ceremony of the former cultists and militants, was held at the Salvation Ministries Headquarters in Rivers State. A tweet from the church’s official handle reads;
The former cultists/ militants who gave their lives to Christ and surrendered their weapons to state police commission graduated today from Word Of Life Bible Institue. The graduation ceremony was held at Salvation Ministries’ Headquarters. God Bless David Ibiyeomie.
Recall that few month ago, it was reported that several members of a cult group terrorizing the Marine Base area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State reportedly repented, changed their ways and gave their lives to Christ.
David Ibiyeomie, the presiding Pastor of Salvation Ministries , enrolled them immediately into a bible school program with a promise to train each and everyone of them in a skill acquisition upon graduation from the bible school program.
The repentant cultists surrendered the weapons in their possession and promised to bring out more weapons and friends in the days ahead. The surrendered weapons which were handed over to the Rivers State Police command today includes: 28 machetes, 2 axes, 1 dagger, 5 different live ammunition, 1 cartridge and charms.
A previous report from the Nigerian Army, disclosed that it will commence the destruction of arms and ammunition recovered from repentant militants and cultists in Rivers. Col. Aminu Iliyasu, the Army Spokesman, 6 Division, Port Harcourt, said this in Port Harcourt.
Iliyasu in a statement said that explosives seized from the former agitators would also be detonated and called for caution from residents.
“The 6 Division in conjunction with the Rivers State Amnesty Committee wishes to announce that it will commence the destruction and the demolition of arms, ammunition and explosives recovered from repentant militants.
“The exercise which will start on Thursday, March 16, and end on Friday, March 17, will hold at Igwuruta Army Range from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
“Similarly, minor explosives’ test will also be conducted within 6 Division, Port Harcourt Barracks, during the same period.
“The division urges residents, commuters and farmers within the two locations not to panic on hearing the sounds of explosions as they will be controlled by experts,” he said.