CSO Demands Commencement Of Neighbourhood Security Watch
The chairman, Civil Society Organizations (CSO), Rivers State, Comrade Sotonye George has condemned the demonstration by some groups that called themselves CSO’s in respect of the recent killings in the State, because the body is in synergy with the government on how to proffer solution on the issue.
Comrade George who made the condemnation while reacting to the protest in a chat with our correspondent in Port Harcourt said
they are in tune with the Rivers State Government to form Community Policing or Neighbourhood Security Watch to assist the police and other security agents on proactive policing and crime prevention, stressing that the Neighbourhood Security Watch would fish out the criminals in the society as people perpetrating crime and report same to the Law Enforcement Agents for prompt action.
According to him, the Rivers State Government is intensifying efforts to stop the killing and kidnapping in the state, however noted that Community Policing or Neighbourhood Security Watch will come to stay or operate in Rivers State as it is in other States like Lagos, Delta, Ondo, Anambra, Abia and some Northern areas as civilian JTF to work in synergy with the security agents to curb crime and criminality as they could be able to identify those perpetrating crimes.
The CSO boss in the State called on the Federal Government to allow the Neighbourhood Security Watch or Community Policing to operate in Rivers State rather than politicizing security of lives and property.
He opined that the protest by the group that claimed to be CSO is a blackmail, illegal, politically motivated to drive away investors in Rivers State, pointing out that it is being sponsored by enemies of the State and that they would not fold their hands to see those elements to drag the name of Civil Society Organization to the mud.
He enjoined the Rivers State Government and the good people of the State to disregard their protest because they do not represent or reorganized as the voice of the organization in Rivers State, asking those protesters to properly channel their grievances and not to hide under the guise of killings in the State.
“They should partner with the Police to ameliorate violence and crime in Rivers State”, Comrade George reiterated, and called on the youths and enemies of the State to engage in meaningful activities that would encourage investors to do business in the state.