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.
The governor urged youth groups in Omoku to support the security agencies to checkmate the activities of cultists in ONELGA.
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.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and the Eze-Oba of Ogbaland, Sir Chukwumela Nnam Obi during a Special Security Town Hall Meeting on Monday at Omoku
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 is 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”.
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