Governor Wike Assures ONELGA People Of Enhanced Security

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has assured the people of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) that the State Government will continue to build the security infrastructure in the area to enforce peace.

He stated that the younger brother of slain cultist, Don Wanny, Mr Oluchi Igwedibia will soon be tracked down alongside other fleeing members of the Don Wanny clan for the greater peace of ONELGA.

Governor Wike spoke during a security meeting at the ONELGA Council Secretariat Pavilion. The governor was accompanied by service commanders.

Governor Wike revealed that Rivers APC leaders have approached the 32 cultists declared wanted, asking them to join their political platform ahead of the electioneering period.

He stated that his administration will not be deterred by the political antics of Rivers APC, saying that the deadly cultists will be traced and brought to justice.

“Nobody should play politics with the security of lives. Since we declared these cultists wanted, they have approached them to work with them. Whether or not they work with APC, they will meet their Waterloo,” he said.

He urged the people of ONELGA to work with the Rivers State Government to ensure that the area remains peaceful so that the people can recover from the devastation of the past.

The governor said everyone must work together to build the peace of ONELGA to avoid a repeat of the New Year tragedy.

He said: “I am here today to further express my condolences to the families that lost loved ones and also express my sympathy to the injured. Like I said before, the Rivers State Government will foot the hospital bills of the injured and support the families of the deceased “.

The governor particularly announced that the State Government will take up the training of a one-year girl, Purity Anthony orphaned by the Don Wanny attack. He stated that the State Government will set aside N50million for her education.

Governor Wike said the manner that Don Wanny met his untimely end, indicates that nobody will escape the long arm of the law, irrespective of the charms they possess.

While thanking the local vigilante group, OSPAC, for their contributions to the restoration of peace and the dislodgement of Donny Wanny, he warned them against following the criminal route, as they will suffer the Don Wanny fate.

He said that Don Wanny reign of terror lasted throughout the leadership of Amaechi, pointing out that he was eliminated as a result of the commitment of his administration.

Commenting on the politicisation of Rivers Security by the Minister of Transportation, the governor regretted that the Minister has devoted his days at the Federal Executive Council to creating a crisis in the state.

He listed several projects that he attracted to the state as a Minister of State for Education and wondered why the Minister of Transportation has failed alongside his godson, the Director General of NIMASA.

He informed ONELGA people that he has reached agreements with Agip and Total on their corporate social responsibility to the host communities. He said that the State Service Commanders and the Secretary to the Rivers State Government met with Agip and Total on Tuesday to finalise the process for the implementation of agreements reached.

Governor Wike announced that all projects started in ONELGA will be completed and more projects will be initiated for the people.

Earlier, Chairman of ONELGA, Mr Osi Olisa said that the people of the area will continue to work with the Rivers State Governor to entrench peace in the area.

He said that ONELGA remains loyal to the Rivers State Governor beyond 2019 because of his achievements.

Suspected Herdsmen Attack Rivers Community

HerdsmenThe Rivers State Police Command has dismissed what it called unsubstantiated reports in some sections of the media following a recent attack in Egi land, at Ohali-Elu town of Onelga in Rivers State.

The Police released a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, on Monday.

The Police said that on Thursday, at about 5:30am, the Police in Ohali-Elu town received reports that unidentified assailants suspected to be herdsmen had struck in the area, leaving one Pastor Geoffery Ogagaghene dead after severe cutlass cuts.

According to him, in the build up to the attack, there was an unreported case of stealing of unspecified number of cattle belonging to some herdsmen allegedly by some youths in the community.

“The case was never reported to the Police, (but) it is reasonably suspected that the attack might have been carried out by the herdsmen as reprisal for stealing their cows,” the Rivers Police Command said.

DSP Mohammad further said that although there were sources that put the death toll at six, the command could only confirm the death of Pastor Geoffery whose corpse was seen.

According to the command, calm has since returned to the town following the heavy deployment of armed mobile policemen to forestall breakdown of law and order.

Commissioner Describes Rivers’ Crisis As A Criminal Activity

Rivers State Commissioner for InformationThe Rivers State Commissioner for Information has described the ongoing crisis in the state as a criminal activity, insisting that ‘it is not political’.

Mr Austin Tam George was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday.

The Commissioner said: “I wouldn’t characterise the crisis as political in nature, we consider them as Criminal activities.

“We cannot draw conclusions now because obviously, investigations are still on.

“We got a report about the recent killing and the government has condemned those killings.

“The Governor directed security forces to move into the area and tried to make sure they bring the situation under control”.

Mr George admitted that the state was going through a difficult situation saying that it is not unique to Rivers State, but other parts of the country – Oyo, Ogun and Lagos States.

“What we are doing is to constantly work with the security forces, stakeholders, youth groups, community leaders and traditional authorities to make sure that the perpetrators of these crimes are apprehended and brought to face justice.

“In Rivers State, the Governor has done very well in terms of giving tremendous support to security forces. He was the first, in this political dispensation, to give over 60 security fitted vehicles to the police,” the Commissioner said.

Talking about what the government had done in Onelga, one of the communities that had witnessed violence recently, the Commissioner said that “the Governor held a security summit that brought all stakeholders together to discuss a way forward – whatever the grievances might be, whether the activities involved cult members or political disagreement”.

At least six persons were killed in Rivers State when Omoku community in Onelga, came under heavy gunfire late on Friday, February 12, till the early hours of Saturday, February 13.

Police said it was a cult battle for supremacy.

The attack occurred less than 48 hours after a former lawmaker, who represented ‘Onelga Constituency One’ in the Rivers State House of Assembly between 1999 and 2003, was killed by yet to be identified gunmen in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.

Security Architecture

Mr George said no arrest has been made, noting that he understands that the Police Commissioner arrived in the state on Sunday night. He, however, reiterated that  investigations were actively on in the area.

“We’ve had so many deployment and redeployment of Police Commissioners.

“But what seems to be logical is that, when we have some longevity in terms of how long a Police Commissioner remains in office within a state, he gets to know the security architecture, he gets to know the topography of the area, he gets to form alliances with stakeholders in the state, he gets to meet the communities and get them involved in the security architecture he had built. But it takes time for all of these to mature and take place.”

He likened the group to cultists because they seem to have a common identity.

“They seem to be fighting for tough control – they want to control their own territories.

“The nature of these activities made it a little bit difficult in Rivers State because of the difficult terrain and because sometimes, we have not had the constituency that you would expect in terms of security personnel in the state,” he added.

Rivers Cult Clash: Police Tighten Security

police rivers state cult clashThe Rivers State Police Command has deployed two mobile units amounting to 112 armed and combat ready policemen to Omoku and Obrikom communities to ensure law and order.

The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Musa Kimo, said that his men would stop at nothing to bring criminals to book in the state.

About a week before this, residents of Omoku and Obrikom in Ogba Egbema Ndoni Local Government Area in Rivers State were thrown into pandemonium as gunmen stormed their communities and unleashed terror on the people.

Eyewitnesses said that both communities became ghost towns as residents fled for safety from the cult clash which they said lasted for two days.

Seven persons were reportedly shot dead in Omoku and six others in Obrikom.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Ahmad Mohammed, while conforming the incident, said that the Rivers State Police Command was on the trail of the warring parties, reiterating its resolve to maintain its onslaught against criminality in the state.

One week after the incident, some streets and homes were still deserted, but residents said that they have the Police to thank for now.

Part of the measures taken by the Police is that motorcycle riders are only allowed to push their motor bikes around places the Police call nipping points in the area.



Gunmen Kill Commissioner’s Brother In Rivers State

Rivers StateA relative of the Commissioner of Power in Rivers State, Mr Austin Wokocha, was allegedly killed on Monday, by gunmen in the Okposi Onelga community of the state.

Sources revealed that the gunmen, who were suspected to be hoodlums attacked the home of the Commissioner and All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain where his relative, Samson Orike, was killed and houses were said to be been burnt.

They were said to have arrived in military uniform.

The Police in the state stated that the incident stemmed from a skirmish which started on Monday night, noting that it ended bloody the next morning leading to the death of the young man.

The Rivers State Police also disclosed that the crisis was between two political parties.

Hundreds of people were reported to have begun moving out of the community after the attack.

According to an eyewitness, Onelga community has a history of violence where cultists often clash in the past adding that the attack was politically motivated.

However, the attack comes a day after the Official defection of the state’s Deputy Governor, Mr Tele Ikuru, from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).