Governor Nyesom Wike has accused the international oil companies of being responsible for the murder of over seventeen (17) people returning home from the cross over service on New Year eve.
The governor said the oil companies in the state were awarding surveillance contracts to cultists who in turn use the money to buy sophisticated weapons with which they terrorise the communities.
The 17 were shot dead at Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area allegedly by cultists.
The governor who spoke while receiving Interior Minister Abdulrahman Danbazzau claimed that the security agencies knew the cult kingpins terrorizing the residents.
“The security agencies have the profiles of all cult kingpins in different parts of the state and they know their locations,” he said.
He accused Police Inspector general Ibrahim Idris of failing to heed several requests made by the Rivers government for the deployment of special squads to tackle cultism and kidnapping in the state.
He added: “There is no wisdom in the politicization of security. Insecurity can affect anybody. You can never know the next victim of insecurity.
“The peculiar nature of Rivers State requires peculiar intervention.
“Before now, I have been shouting that we need support to fight crime.”
The governor attacked politicians whom he said were using the killings to play politics and make false allegations against the state.
Danbazzau said he was directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to visit the state and assess its security situation because of the killing.