Fish Out Criminals, Wike Tells Traditional Rulers

The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike has again enjoined the Traditional rulers to take security as their watchword for peaceful co-existence and economic growth.

Governor Wike gave the charge while declaring open the 110 and 111 Quarterly General meeting of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers held at the Council’s Secretariat, Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

He said Traditional Rulers, as custodian of the people, should be bold to fish out those perpetrating crime as criminals disturbing the security of the state are from their communities.

According to him, they should persuade their subjects especially the youths to shun acts that are inimical to the society, stressing that despite the progress in the state, the level of insecurity had been a major challenge.

The Governor averred that the State Government will continue to confront criminals and charged them to partner with their various Local Government Council Chairmen to ensure safety and progress of the area.

He warned those fomenting trouble in their communities to desist from such acts.

Governor Wike reiterated that his administration will continue to embark on projects in order to meet the dreams and aspiration of the people of the state adding already completed projects will be commissioned during his 100 days in office.

Earlier, in his address, Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Majesty, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, Jeki V, assured the Governor, Chief of their unalloyed support and loyalty to work with him to achieve peace and progress for the state far beyond achievements in his first tenure.

King Jaja, who is also the Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom commended the courage of all citizens who stood up in defense of democracy by defending their votes as well as those who paid supreme sacrifice with their lives or the families they left behind, adding that, “We pray that never again should our state be subjected to the type of militarization we had to cope with all through the period of the election”.

He also congratulated the Governor Wike and his Deputy, Dame Ipalibo Harry Banigo for piloting the affairs of the state during their first tenure, stating that they turned Rivers State into a huge construction site which earned him the title of “Mr. Project”.

The Chairman on behalf of the Traditional Rulers expressed their appreciation for all the efforts in curbing crime in the state, the donation of patrol vans, gun boats, personnel carriers and others to the security operatives, and assured that they are prepared to partner government to stem the tide of insecurity in the state.

The Opobo monarch frowned that it is unfortunate that some members of council were alleged to have aided perpetrators of crime and appealed that capable member of Council should be included in the planned Security Architecture of government.

He reminded the Governor of security vote for Traditional Rulers which he promised, issuance of new staff of office and certificate of recognition and cars, and also thanked him for always financing their meetings for his demonstration of respect for the Traditional Rulers.

In his vote of thanks, the Amanyanabo of Ogu Kingdom, His Majesty, King Nicholas Dickson Ibiebele Nimenibo, Loko IX thanked the Governor for his advice and assured that Traditional Rulers were ready to work with him for the security and development of the state.

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