The Igbu Upata Council of Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, in Ahoada East Local Government Area in Rivers State has vowed that from henceforth they will resort to demolishing of houses used or owned by kidnappers and armed robbers.
The Council also said parents and landlords, including Community Head Chiefs and youth leaders who fail to report criminal activities will be arrested and prosecuted.
Eze Felix Otuwarikpo, Eze Igbu Upata III, disclosed this at a security meeting held with the youths of Udebu Community at the Community’s Town Hall. He was accompanied by Nye Udu Ede Upata, HRH Eze Kelvin Ngozi Anugwo , Divisional Police Officer, Ahoada Police Division, CSP Job Simeon and other Chiefs and aides.
The CSP, who spoke at the meeting said the decision to demolish houses was in compliance with relevant laws that say kidnappers and armed robbers must not benefit from the proceeds of the crime. He also added that demolition of houses would dissuade people from harbouring criminals and would assist to reduce crime.
Eze Otuwarikpo, who was livid with anger, urged the youths to mobilise against crime, stressing that “we cannot continue this way as a people, where criminals use this village as hideout”.
Warning against acting in cohort,Eze Otuwarikpo informed that “those who harbour kidnappers and armed robbers will be arrested and their houses demolished. Youth leaders, landlords, community Chiefs and parents who fail to report the activities of these criminals will be arrested and prosecuted.
“I have the primary responsibility to defend Upata. Criminality cannot be allowed and it doesn’t promote development. I have to end this in clear collaboration with security agencies. We mean business to sanitise our communities using every resource at our disposal to fight crime and we must be united”.
On the coming local government elections, the monarch warned politicians not to resort to desperation as a means, because those who engage in thuggery, according to him, will be sanctioned.
Incest Cases Worry FIDA
International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in the State, has raised an alarm over the increase of incest in the State.
The Acting Chairman of FIDA in the State, Nnenna Igbokwe told newsmen that the organisation discovered this during their sensitisation programme about the VAAP Law.
Igbokwe said at least three of the incest cases are before court of competent jurisdiction.
The Acting FIDA Chairman also said that the accused especially, fathers use threat to silence cases of incest in their family.
She however, advised security agencies to do due diligence in their investigation of the incest matters.
Banigo Receives MWAN’s President-Elect
The State Deputy Governor and foundation member of Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has received the new MWAN’s, National President-elect, Prof. Rosemary Ogu.
The Deputy Governor received Prof Ogu in her office at Government House, Port Harcourt, and congratulated the team on the victory.
She also presented gifts to the National President-elect.
Earlier, the 22nd National President-elect of Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Prof Romary Ogu had promised to work hard to take the association to enviable heights.
In another development, the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has also received her 22nd MWAN Biennial Conference registration materials from Dr Vetty Agala, the President of MWAN in the State
The Tide reports that the State delegation included MWAN’s, Rivers State Founder/Initiator, Dr Bernadette Korubo, a life member of the association, Dr Nnesochi Offor who is also another life member, past President of the State, past National Treasurer and MWAN mentor 2021.
Other delegates led by the State President, Dr Vetty Agala were Dr Obelebra Adebiyi, immediate past State Chairman of Nigeria Medical Association and past President, MWAN, Rivers State, Dr Ibimonye Porbeni, the immediate past MWAN President in the State and Dr Ireju Ajie, the Secretary of MWAN in the State.
The State branch of MWAN will be hosting the 23rd biennial conference in September, 2023.
LG Boss Orders Fresh Election Processes In Community
As the build up to the Krakrama Youths Association’s election gathers momentum, the Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Hon. Onengiyeofori George, has sued for peace amongst parties.
The Tide learnt that security intelligence from the Krakrama community revealed that rancour and crisis were looming as a result of the forthcoming youth election in the community thus, if treated with levity may degenerate into a crisis situation in the community.
Sequel to the impending fracas allegedly caused by the pre-election irregularities, the Asari- Toru Local Government Area boss in line with his constitutional duty of maintaining peace and order as the Chief Security Officer in the Local Government Area has ordered for a fresh start of the process.
Speaking in a meeting with the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community, King Iwari Gibson Bala, the CDC Chairman, Comrade Victor Membere and the outgoing Youth President of Krakrama Youth Association, Comrade Ikalaso Tomitamunoa, the Council boss ordered for the nullification of the Electoral Commitee appointed by the outgoing executives of the Krakrama Youth Association.
He further asked the Amanyanabo of Krakrama Community to liaise with the relevant stakeholders to appoint a credible, neutral and acceptable Electoral Committee that will oversee the elections.
Moreover, the Council Chairman directed that the aspirants who had purchased forms already still stand as status quo still remains.
For fairness, the new Electoral Committee to be appointed has been directed to give one week of grace to aspirants for continuous sale of forms.
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