Governor Wike Moves Against Communities with Prevalence of Kidnapping and Cultism

meeting with Wike
meeting with Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that communities with the prevalence of insecurity will no longer enjoy State Government patronage.

He said this on Monday,6/5/2019 at a Special Security Meeting at the Government House, Port Harcourt. Governor Wike said that the State Government will dethrone the Traditional Ruler of any community where cultism and kidnapping are encouraged.

The personalities in attendance for the security meeting are  the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Usman Belel, State Director of Department of State Services, Tosin Ajayi, Commander SOG 115. Others are Nigerian Air Force, Air Commander  E.O. E Ebiowei, Commander NNS Pathfinder, Commodore SJ Bura and State Commander of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, ML Haruna. Also in attendance were Local Government Chairmen, Traditional Rulers, CDC Chairmen and all youth Leaders in the state.

Governor Wike promised more projects for Local Government Areas where there are no serious cases of cultism and Kidnapping. He advocated for crisis-free communities in Rivers state. The Governor noted that all youth groups found to be involved in cultism will be dissolved by the state government.  He urged all stakeholders to work with security agencies to fight insecurity.

“Enough is enough.  Nobody arrested by security agencies for kidnapping and cultism will see the light of the day. If you say, we will not sleep, you also not sleep. Every logistic has been provided for security agencies to tackle the insecurity “, he said.

The governor advised top government official no to intervene for a suspected cultist or kidnapper.  He warned that any top government official caught in the process of trying to work for the release of arrested suspected cultist and kidnapper will face the full weight of the law. He directed council Chairmen to work with their respective Traditional Rulers, Community Development Committees and Youth Leaders to advance the course of peace.  He also directed Council Chairmen to clear bushes along the East-West Road and other major highways of the State.

The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Usman Belel also assured that the Security Agencies will fight to reduce crime to the barest minimum. He hinted that the Police will use the community policing strategy to involve community stakeholders in the peace process. The commissioner of police called on the people of Rivers State to support the police with information to tackle cultism,  kidnapping and fake news.

The Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amayanabo of Opobo, King Douglas Dandeson Jaja urged the Security Agencies to take Traditional Rulers into confidence as they carry out their responsibilities.  He, however, decried the situation where security agencies divulge information passed to them by Traditional Rulers. He said that the Traditional Rulers will support the security agencies to fight insecurity.  However, he regretted that Council Chairmen hardly consult Traditional Rulers on security matters.

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