Wike Goes Tough On Violent Crimes In Rivers, Suspends Council Chairs

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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.
Also, Governor Wike announced the  suspension of the Caretaker Committee

Chairmen  of Abua/Odual, Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Government

Areas  for failing  to  mobilize their  stakeholders to  attend  the

Special Security Town Hall Meeting for Orashi region.

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

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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