The military have arrested about 200 boys at a camp operated by one of the cultists at Munachim Ihunwo in Obio Akpor local government area of Rivers State.
This was disclosed by Lieutenant Col SA.C.Unaogu,who said the kidnap kingpin had about 200 boys under his command in the place, adding that security operatives had to move in dislodging them from the place.
Unaogu, who was among top security operatives that accompanied the governor of Rivers State,Nyesom Wike on a demolition exercise of cultists hideouts, said security operatives would continue to do their best to rid the state of the unwanted elements.
He said security agents arrested the kidnap kingpin, Ihunwo and his boys. The state Police Commissioner, Mr Adebanjo, said the Police also arrested some kidnap suspects.
New Rivers kidnap law Cultism, kidnapping have been a twin security challenge in the state. Shortly after assuming office, May 29, 2015, the governor identified the menace and set in motion plans to tackle it.
Precisely on August 7, he signed into law an amendment on the Rivers state Anti-kidnapping law passed by the Rivers state House of Assembly. Under the new Rivers State Kidnap (Prohibition) Amendment Law, 2015, kidnappers are to forfeit proceeds of their kidnapping, whether in the form of assets and otherwise, to the state government.
While signing the amendment into law at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike expressed hope that it would discourage kidnapping and related crimes.