GOV. WIKE MOVES TO RESTORE PEACE AND SECURITY IN CHOBA
Following incessant reports of cult clashes and killings around Choba axis of Obio/Akpor local government area. The Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the State Security Council has been primed to address the security challenges facing the community. The Governor made this statement during an address to the people of Choba on Friday.
During the adress, Governor Wike also stated that security operatives in the state have arrested some persons linked to the recent security upheaval in Choba community.
The Governor who disclosed his displeasure in the presence of Chiefs, Leaders and Youth Groups at Choba.
He said: “I won’t come here again. You have to listen to the voice of reason at this time. Enough is enough. We shall no longer tolerate form of violence in Choba.
We have made some arrests and police have commenced investigating the security situation. Anybody who is linked to killing in the area would be brought to Justice. Nobody will bring you out of detention once you are linked to the insecurity in Choba.”
Speaking further, the Governor directed the Paramount Ruler of Choba community to reconcile all disputing groups in the area for peace to return.
“Paramount Ruler of Choba Community, I give you one week to reconcile all the groups in the area. By next week I will meet with the leaders, chiefs and youth leaders to ensure that we have lasting peace in the area”, he said.
He urged all groups to work with the government to promote peace. He noted that after the meeting, security agencies will move against those who generate crisis in the area.
The Governor advised youths of the area to shun cultism. He said that his progress over the years is because he is not involved in criminal activities.
He said: “If I was a cultist, I wouldn’t have been a Governor. I was a Chairman of the Local Government Area, I was a Chief of Staff and I became a Minister. If I was carrying gun, I wouldn’t have been saddled with those responsibilities.
So why don’t you want to be like me? Why don’t have hope that you can be great tomorrow? Why don’t you think that there is a future for you? Why do you want to waste your life. Your mother had you after nine or ten months and the only way you can pay them is to carry gun to kill innocent people?”
He regretted that the people of the community have allowed the name of the community to be dragged down by persons who promote insecurity. He urged them to work with his administration to entrench security of lives and property in Choba community.