Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro Media and Good Governance Assembly (ONMEGA), Dr Emmanuel Pepple has raised alarm over the increasing cases of crime in Rivers State and called on the Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike and the police to intervene in order to save communities in the state from criminals.
Speaking with The Tide yesterday in Opobo Town, Pepple attributed the ugly development to withdrawal of the services of the vigilante groups in various communities over alleged non-payment of stipend and called for the restoration of the services of the groups to guarantee peace and order in these communities.
The group leader, who had earlier raised alarm over alleged series of attempted assassination on some traditional rulers, politicians and other innocent Nigerians, even recently when armed men attacked some chiefs in their palaces on political ground and carted away valuables, said most petitions sent by these persons were yet to receive positive response from the police.
According to him, “there have been series of attempts on the people and this time they would have been dead people. They have written to the police but to no avail. I want the police to thoroughly investigate this and as the group will help them in the investigation”, he said.
He carpeted most community leaders and their groups of not allowing these victims function in their domains as the head of their various communities despite government’s previous intervention.
“As a result, crimes have returned, rape, armed robbery, burglary, intimidation and extortion are common features now in all these communities, such as Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Eleme, Gokana, Khana, Degema, Akuku-Toru and Obio/Akpor Local Governments, among others”.
As he puts it, cultism has grown in these communities that metamorphosed in the shootings, attacks are common and residents no longer enjoy peace and security.
Pepple, however appealed to the Rivers State Government and security agencies to reshape their quest in fighting cultism and criminality in the state for posterity.