Expert Makes Case For Rivers Neighbourhood Watch
A security expert and social commentator, Charles Inko-Tariah, has backed the formation of the Rivers State Neighbourhood Watch Agency by the incumbent administration of Governor Nyesom Wike, saying proper take off of the outfit would lead to crime reduction in the state.
This is as he said that recent comments by President Muhammadu Buhari calling for more community involvement in security is a vindication of the formation of the Neighbourhood Watch.
Inko-Tariah, who stated this when he appeared as guest on a Radio programme in Port Harcourt monitored by The Tide said that the President’s comment that neighbourhood watches were not enough to stem the tide of crime across the country suggest that he implicitly supports such outfits.
He said, “The President was on national television and he was asked one of the challenges of insecurity in the country. He (Buhari) confirmed that it is because there were not enough neighbourhood security watches and he seek the Nigerian populace to bring forth information for the security to operate effectively.
“That vindicates the formation of neighbourhood watch in Rivers State. If Neighbourhood Watch takes off effectively in the state, you will see a proper demobilization of the proliferation of firearms among our young men,” Inko-Tariah stated.
While reacting to the recent declaration of tough times for criminal and criminal gangs in the state by Governor Wike said the security agencies would work with the Neighbourhood Watch when the latter’s operation kicks off, even as he expressed the optimism that the step in ensuring the operationalizing of the outfit would help allay fears amongst people and reduce insecurity in the state.
“What the Neighbourhood Watch would have to do is to do stakeholder engagement. Bring in the security arms together and make your programmes clear to them.
“Enable them ask questions to allay there fears where necessary. Let them know your operational modules and design on how it intends to operate. That will create an integration to the security forces together. And when they come together you The Peoples’ Democratic Party in Rivers State has said that last Wednesday’s second term inauguration of Governor Nyesom Wike is the outcome of overwhelming support of Rivers people to him, assuring that the governor will consolidate on his achievements.
The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Darlington Orji who gave the assurance during a chat with newsmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, expressed happiness over the governor’s performance in his first term.
… Vote Buyers Attack EFCC Operatives In Kaduna
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its operatives were attacked in Kaduna on Saturday during the governorship and state houses of assembly elections held across the country.
In a statement on Saturday by Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC spokesperson, the commission said the operatives came under attack at School Road in Unguwan Rimi, Kaduna, while attempting to arrest a suspected vote buyer identified as Kabiru Musa.
Uwujaren said the suspect was seen in a video inducing voters by using his phone to transfer money into their accounts after they cast their votes.
“Immediately he was accosted by the operatives, Musa became unruly and screamed to attract the attention of his syndicate members, who descended on the operatives, using all manner of weapons that left some of them injured. It took great restraints for the operatives to ignore the unprovoked attack but insisted on arresting the suspect,” the statement reads.
“As the team drove away with the suspect, their vehicle was pelted with stones and other dangerous objects that damaged the windshield and three operatives suffered varying degrees of injuries in the process.
“The injured operatives are currently receiving medical attention at the Medical Centre of the Kaduna Zonal Command, while the suspect is in custody, pending conclusion of the investigation.
“It will be recalled that EFCC teams were similarly attacked during the presidential and national assembly elections, leaving some of its vehicles badly damaged.”
Reacting to the incident, Abdulrasheed Bawa, EFCC chairperson, commended the operatives for exercising restraint under extreme provocation.
He, however, appealed to the public to desist from attacking officers of the commission as it would no longer be tolerated.
Gov’ship/State Assembly Polls: EFCC Arrests 65 Suspects Over Vote Buying
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its operatives arrested 65 persons across the country over alleged voter inducement.
EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, announced the development on Saturday in a statement on the commission’s monitoring activities of the governorship and state houses of assembly elections across the country.
He said 20 of the suspects were arrested in Kwara, while 13 suspects were arrested in Kaduna state.
He added that 12 suspects were arrested in Rivers; four each in Akwa Ibom and Cross River, while others were apprehended in Gombe, Sokoto, Kebbi, and Niger states.
“Those arrested in Kaduna State were 10 males and three females. They were apprehended by EFCC operatives either working on intelligence reports or were chanced upon during monitoring,” the statement read.
“A suspect allegedly involved in vote buying was nabbed at School Road, Unguwan Rimi in Kaduna. The suspect, who initially resisted arrest, is however in custody pending the conclusion of investigation.
“Also in Kaduna, a team arrested a suspect with voter coupons, which he confessed would be used to trace and pay those who voted for his party”, the statement added.
The EFCC also said its team monitoring voting around Local Education Authority School, Kabala Doki in Kaduna, arrested two suspects for vote buying, while the sum of N67,500, a list containing names of voters and bank account details were recovered from the suspects.
“Some of the items recovered from the suspects were voter cards, monies, lists containing names and account details of voters, and telephone recharge cards,” he added.
Alleged Party Name Omission, NNPP Candidate Threatens Suit Against INEC
Olufemi Ajadi, the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Ogun State, says the party will sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over the “omission of the party’s name from ballot papers”.
Ajadi spoke with journalists on Saturday after casting his vote at Ofada, Obafemi Owode LGA of Ogun state.
The NNPP candidate said he was “disappointed” over the conduct of the governorship and house of assembly elections in the state.
Ajadi said the party had earlier written a letter to INEC to ensure the inclusion of his party’s name on the ballot paper, instead of only the logo.
“As you can see, we cannot see security everywhere. In my polling unit, where I cast my vote, the APC gathered hoodlums to attack me,” he said.
“I’m so disappointed in this country. I’m so disappointed about the leaders that we have. People can’t move around freely to the extent that they were dragging guns with my security. Can you imagine? No, this is not an election.
“On the ballot paper, I can’t see my party, the NNPP. After writing to INEC, to make amendment before the election and today is an election, we can’t find the name, only the logo.
“By the grace of God, we are going to court to challenge INEC on reasons why they failed to put our name on the ballot paper. I’m disappointed in INEC”, he lamented.
When The Tide source checked the list of political parties on INEC website, it was observed that the name of the party was not inscribed on the party’s logo.
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