Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the State Security Council will deploy more security personnel to troubled Ogoni communities, with a view to restoring peace.
Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, reports that Governor Wike gave this pledge, while speaking on Saturday, 24th August, 2019, when he led the State Security Service Commanders to Kono-Boue and Kereken-Boue Towns in Khana Local Government Area.
Governor Wike, who further said that the security agencies have been mobilised to go after the criminal cultists operating in parts of Ogoniland, assured that the state government would do everything possible to bring the culprits to justice.
He said: “We will do everything possible to make sure that those involved in these criminal cult activities don’t go free.
“You have to cooperate with us to get the killers. Those who have perpetrated these crimes are known to community members. No armed robber operates in a place without local support. Therefore, support us with credible information.
“I feel so sad that these cultists have killed our people and displaced some communities in the area. We have taken measures to restore peace”, he said.
The Rivers Governor also reassured that the State Security Council has adopted new strategies to build the security framework in communities troubled by cultists.
“Tell your people to come back. I have come here with the security service Commanders to reassure you that we are doing everything possible to restore peace.
“Over the last few days we have deployed security personnel to the troubled areas. Beginning today, we are going to deploy more security personnel to different Ogoni communities to protect our people, he said.
Governor Wike then charged parents to monitor their children, stressing that communities must take measures to discourage youths from becoming cultists, even as he pledged that the State Government will support displaced communities and families of victims of the cult-related attacks in Ogoniland and assured the leaders of the area that the Rivers State Government will complete the road abandoned by the Niger Delta Development Commission.
Chairman of Khana Local Government Area, Mr Lahteh Loolo explained that cultists displaced some communities in the area and commended the Rivers State Governor for his sustained response which reduced the level of casualties suffered by the communities.
He said that with the new strategies introduced by the Rivers State Governor, the security challenge facing the area would be resolved.
The Traditional Ruler of Kono Boue, Chief Ezekiel Manson expressed happiness with the intervention of the Rivers State Governor and confirmed that when the cultists attacked the community, the divisional Police Officer and his personnel responded positively, adding that there are no cultists among those who were killed and displaced in the community.