Wike directs Security Agencies to clampdown on violent crimes in four local councils

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has directed  security  agencies  to clampdown on cult activities  and violent  crimes in four local government areas  of the state.

Addressing thousands of  Rivers People at Omoku on Monday during a Special Security  Town Hall Meeting, Governor  Wike  said  the  meeting  which had in attendance  Security  Service Commanders and the Commissioner for Police was aimed at restoring peace to Ogba/ Egbema/Ndoni, ONELGA, Abua/Odual,  Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Government Areas of the state.

He said that the insecurity  in the four local government  areas  had nothing to do with  politics, pointing out  that it was a move to stem the tide of  cult-related killings in ONELGA,  kidnapping, armed robbery and communal clashes in the other three local government areas.

Governor Wike said  henceforth,  security  agencies  have been  mandated to take appropriate  actions against  those who shield cultists, kidnappers and armed robbers in the four local government areas.

According to him, nobody  will be allowed to stop the development  programmes  of the state government on the account  of  insecurity.  He charged traditional, political  and  religious  leaders to work with the  state government  and security agencies to identify  the  criminals  for the purpose  of  the restoration  of peace.

He said: “Nobody is happy. I am not happy. The service Commanders are not happy. These cultists and criminals  are not from  Lagos, Kaduna  or Ebonyi.  They are indigenes of these communities  and the people  know them. Therefore,  everyone must cooperate  with the security  agencies to resolve these security  challenges.”

The governor  said that the operation of commercial motorcyclists  in the  four local government areas remains banned between 5pm and 8am daily.

Governor Wike said: “We must put an end to the ugly situation  in these four local government areas.  Enough is enough.  We cannot allow these criminals  to kill innocent  people ” .

In his address, Caretaker Committee Chairman,  Mr Isaac Umejuru assured Governor  Wike  and security  agencies of the cooperation  of the people to ensure  that peace returns  to the communities.

Earlier,  Governor Wike visited the  Eze-Oba of Ogbaland, Sir Chukwumela Nnam Obi  to seek the support of traditional  rulers  in the fight against  insecurity  in the affected communities.

The Eze-Oba of Ogbaland,  Sir Chukwumela Nnam Obi prayed God to grant the security  agencies  the capacity to  apprehend the perpetrators of violence  in  the  area.


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