Rivers com­mu­nity lead­ers urged to tackle crime

Daily Trust - - IT WORLD -

The Rivers Direc­tor, Na­tional Ori­en­ta­tion Agency (NOA), Mr Oliver Wolug­bom, has called on the tra­di­tional in­sti­tu­tions to evolve ways of tack­ling the spate of in­se­cu­rity and crim­i­nal­ity in the state.

Wolug­bom made the call while re­act­ing to the spate of cult clashes in some parts of the state, which had left be­hind sad tales by the res­i­dents.

He de­cried the sit­u­a­tion where clashes had led to be­head­ing of some per­sons and de­struc­tion of houses and other valu­ables.

The News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) re­ports that re­cently, Ibaa, Oduoha and Omu­dioga com­mu­ni­ties in Emo­hua Coun­cil Area were en­gulfed in tragic in­ter-cult clashes mak­ing many to flee to neigh­bour­ing towns for safety.

The NOA boss said that the is­sue of vi­o­lence in Rivers com­mu­ni­ties had be­come a hy­dra-headed mon­ster that re­quired tra­di­tional lead­ers to play ac­tive roles.

“Their roles are cru­cial be­cause those in­volved in the vi­o­lence are their sub­jects; they need to work with rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to en­sure that evil is called evil.

“We can­not con­tinue to live this way, we need to trans­fer good val­ues to our younger ones, we need to all get in­volved to tackle this mon­ster,’’ he said.

He fur­ther said that the dis­tur­bances in the com­mu­ni­ties were ca­pa­ble of af­fect­ing the oc­cu­pa­tions of the peo­ple.

“Be­fore you know it, we will start wit­ness­ing in­crease in the costs of farm pro­duce be­cause the peo­ple have fled the com­mu­ni­ties.

“This is not the way to go, com­mu­ni­ties need to live in peace, so that the tra­di­tional oc­cu­pa­tions of the peo­ple can be sus­tained,” he said.

Mean­while, the Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Rivers, ASP. Nnamdi Omoni, said that po­lice­men had been dis­patched to the cult in­fested com­mu­ni­ties to en­sure the re­turn of law and or­der.


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