Suspected cult groups, the Vikings and Skylo have threatened to attack security chiefs in Cross River State over the arrest and detention of their members.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday, the groups listed the security chiefs to be attacked to include, the Director of State Security Service, Commissioner of Police in Cross River State, Commander of the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Calabar.
Others listed were: the State Attorney General, some members in Governor Ayade’s administration, Hon Mike Obi, Oliver Orok, Secretary to the State Government, State Chief Judge, State Chief Registrar and Mr Frank Ayade.
The statement jointly signed by seven members of the two groups, Udom Ekpo, Asuquo Daniel, Etim Udoeyop, Ikang Damong, Francis Okon, Emmanuel Okon and Asuquo Francis, lamented the condition of their members in SSS custody.
“We have heard of all what is happening with members of Virkins and Skilo confraternities. They were arrested in Obudu and brought to Calabar by Police and State Security Service. We want to let you know that we are going to kill the Director of State Security Service in this State. We are going to assassinate the Commissioner of Police.
We are going to make Cross River State ungovernable for Prof Ben Ayade and his aides. We are giving the government 24 hours to release Mr Effiong Ekarika and Ebok Obong, Chairman of Vikings and Skylo with immediate effect. If not, we are going to cause mayhem and breakdown of law and order.
We are going to kill or kidnap Chief of Staff, Mr Orim. Just watch out and see what is going to happen. We have mobilised our boys and ammunition for this assignment,” the groups stated.
The groups further alleged that one of their leaders, who is a serving member in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would come to their rescue in case of any untold hardship.
Reacting, the Clans Club International charged Gov. Ben Ayade and other security chiefs in the state not to succumb to threat by miscreants to terminate the lives of top government functionaries in the state.
In a communiqué to mark the 32nd anniversary of the group in Calabar, president of the club in the state, Dr. Fred Obeten, stated that it was wrong for any individual or group of persons to threaten a government, which is the soul repository of the coercive powers of the state. “We call on government not to succumb to cheap blackmail but do all within its powers to bring the promoters of such terrorist activities to book speedily.