Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has directed security agencies in the state to clampdown on cult activities and violent crimes in four local government areas of the state.
He also announced the suspension of the Caretaker Committee Chairmen of Abua/Odual, Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Government Areas for failing to mobilise their stakeholders to attend a special security town hall meeting for Orashi region of the state.
Addressing thousands of people at Omoku yesterday during a special security town hall meeting, Wike said the meeting, which had in attendance security service commanders and the state commissioner of 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 the insecurity in the four local government areas had nothing to do with politics, pointing out that the meeting 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.
He mandated security agencies 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 restated that the operation of commercial motorcyclists in the four local government areas remained banned between 5p.m. and 8a.m. daily.
“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,” he said.
In his address, Caretaker Committee Chairman of ONELGA, Mr. Isaac Umejuru, assured governor and security agencies of the cooperation of the people to ensure that peace returns to the communities.
Earlier, Wike visited the Oba of Ogbaland, Sir Chukwumela Nnam Obi, to seek the support of traditional rulers in the fight against insecurity in the affected communities.
The traditional ruler prayed God to grant the security agencies the capacity to apprehend the perpetrators of violence in the area.