*says ONELGA was dissolved due to security breakdown
Photo: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike performing the swearing in of two caretaker committee chairmen on Wednesday at Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the State Government had to dissolve Ogba/Egbema /Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA ) because of high level insecurity that has claimed lives and damaged the economy of the area.
Governor Wike said that the former Chairman of ONELGA, Augustine Ahiamadu, was funding cult groups in the area which led to the loss of lives and property in the area.
Performing the swearing in of the Caretaker Committee of ONELGA, Prince Isaac Umejere and Caretaker Committee, Michael Amadi at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday , Governor Wike said the state government cannot stand aloof and watch the total breakdown of law and order in a local government area.
He noted that security reports indicate that there was need to intervene and enthrone rule of law in ONELGA.
The governor said: “Caretaker Committee of ONELGA, your priority should be to restore peace and security in your community. We must do everything humanly possible to improve security in the area.
“You have to collaborate with security agencies to fight crime and cultism in ONELGA “.
He charged the new chairman to avoid any links with cult groups like his predecessor, saying that if he is found to have a relationship with cultists.
The governor said that the situation in ONELGA is purely cult related violence. He said that even the APC Governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, agreed that the violence in ONELGA had nothing to do with politics.
ONELGA was dissolved by the Rivers State House of Assembly.
On Etche LGA, Governor Wike charged the new caretaker chairman to ensure that the low level of crime in the area is maintained.
He urged the chairman to continue with the security project of his predecessor who reduced kidnapping in the area.
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