Insecurity: Wike Mobilize Monarchs, LG Chairmen For War …To Blacklist Crime Prone Communities
Rivers State Government has told Traditional Rulers, local government chairmen and other community leaders to beef-up security and fish out criminals in their domain or face the wrath of government.
Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike gave the warning during a meeting with the Traditional Rulers, Council chairmen, chairmen of Community Development Communities (CDC) and youth Leaders at Government House, Port Harcourt.
He said the order was necessary following the spate of kidnappings, cultism, killings and gangstarism in the state, reiterating that time has come for all to join hands and stop the senseless atrocities.
He warned that any Traditional Ruler who supported cultism and other criminal activities would be dethroned or deposed adding that security is a collective affair and not for the government alone.
The State Chief Executive warned the Traditional Rulers to ensure that their domains were crime free and enjoined them to work with the security agencies for peace to reign in their domain.
He said, all should support the government and security agencies to work together to reduce crime to its bearest minimum in order to attract investors to come and do business in the state, as the insecurity is scaring away investors that would provide employment opportunities for the youths.
He said the era when criminals charged to court were bailed the next day was over and no longer had a lucrative business, adding that God would judge those enemies that carry fake stories about the state just to demark it.
Governor Wike also enjoined the Local Government Chairman to work in synergy with the Traditional Rulers, security agencies and other community leaders by holding security meetings regularly on how to protect lives and properties in their areas as well as to clear all bushy areas leading to their various local government areas to prevent kidnappers and others crimes to strive.
He promised to give more attention to local government areas without crime by providing more projects while those prone to crime would not be considered while even ongoing projects would be stopped.
The governor said that with enabling environment, government is ready to provide jobs and move the state forward.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Usman Belel reiterated his desire to fight crime to its bearest minimum or possibly completely eradicate it by thoroughly using community policing strategy, pointing out that they need the support and intelligent report from all.
Belel said he had intensified full scale war against kidnapping, cultism, fake news and other crimes, and enjoined the Traditional Rulers to advise their subjects on the need to embrace peace and shun acts inimical to the society.
In his speech, the Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Jeki V opined that the cardinal objective of Traditional Rulers is to fight insecurity in their domain, and decried situation where they help the police to arrest criminals, and politicians released them on the ground that the culprit is their boy.
King Jaja said the police should take Traditional Rulers into confidence to achieve set objectives and enjoined those criminals to rethink and contribute for peace to reign.
He also called on local government chairmen to cooperate with Traditional Rulers who are the custodians of the people’s tradition and culture to fight insecurity and rub minds on how to move the local government forward and crime free.