We’ll Not Permit Proliferation Of Vigilante In Rivers –Wike
Governor Nyesom Wike has said that the state government will not permit the proliferation of vigilante groups, stating that youths interested in helping build the state’s security architecture should join the state’s neighborhood safety crops agency.
This came as traditional rulers of Ahoada East and Ahoada West local government areas of the state submitted arms retrieved from repentant criminals in the area, after a local amnesty program.
Speaking at when he received the Ekpeye Traditional Rulers from Ahoada East and Ahoada West councils at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike said this decision became necessary after OSPAC from Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local government area of the state started over-stepping its boundaries.
He said, “I am being careful about vigilante groups in all the councils because of what OSPAC is doing. OSPAC is taking laws in their hands. Anyone who really wants to help he security structure of our state should join the state Neighborhood safety Corp”.
Wike said that the Rivers state Government would no longer operate an amnesty programme, since many of the criminals reneged during the first exercise.
He said, “We granted amnesty in the past and some boys went back to crime. For now, we are doing what we call, Binding over. If they renege, the law will take its course.”
Responding, Traditional Ruler of Mgbeta in Ahoada East council are, Eze Felix Otuwarikpo said traditional rulers from Ahoada East and West councils worked with security agencies to ensure that peace returns to Ekpeye land.
He said, “After several weeks of interaction and dialogue with our children, 113 of them surrendered their arms and traditions oaths administered to them. It’s not just an ordinary oath, but it is an oath that any violation attracts serious consequences”.
Eze Otuwarikpo urged the Rivers State government to take steps to in ensuring that the boys do not return to their evil ways.