By Gbenga Oke
CHAIRMAN of Rivers State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Felix Obuah, has commended Governor Nyesom Wike of the state and security agencies for bringing to an end the era of senseless and unprovoked killings across Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of the State.
This is as the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside praised the Nigerian security agencies, particularly the Army and Department of State Service, DSS, for working together to kill the notorious criminal, Igwedibia Johnson, aka Don Waney, who for long terrorized the people of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) of Rivers State.
Obuah, in a statement, said the visit of Governor Wike to Omoku sequel to the killing of some worshippers after the New Year eve church service and the promise of a handsome reward to any person with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the hoodlums was a morale booster to the success recorded in tracing and killing Don Waney and his gang in Enugu, Enugu State.
He also lauded the security agencies for displaying the highest professional skills in bursting the killer gang without taking the lives of innocent people during the gun duel between the soldiers and the bandits.
Obuah reiterated the preparedness of the PDP-controlled state government to continue to partner and give all necessary logistic support to the security agencies in their efforts to make Rivers State cult and crime free.
He said the euphoria occasioned by the news of the death of the notorious kidnap kingpin believed to be behind most of the criminal activities across ONELGA in recent times was a pointer that the people had lived in fear and always prayed for the end of the dark period which has come with the great feat recorded by the gallant soldiers and DSS officers.
Dakuku Peterside lauds security agencies
Meantime, Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Dr Dakuku Peterside, said the killing of the gang leader was a confidence-building step towards restoration of law and order in Rivers State.
Peterside, while commending the gallantry of the security men, urged them not to rest on their oars until all criminal elements in Rivers State have been arrested and made to face their days in court.
He said: “The people of ONELGA have been harassed, traumatized, maimed and killed needlessly. This is a great day for the people and end of the road for those who felt this day would never come. For their sponsors, they should know that there is a consequence for every action and a day of reckoning for all of us. This is a good warning to all those who think they can be protected and accommodated by politicians. Those who live by the sword will die by the sword.
“We must give every support to the security agencies to help them rid our state of criminals. Let me also call on the Governor Wike-led administration to create policies and programmes that will create employment opportunities for the teeming Rivers youth. The government must go beyond brick and mortar and fashion out ways of getting our youths employed.”
“Rivers state has huge potentials in agriculture and allied products, I see no reason why the state government has not looked at such opportunities to engage our youth. Governance is not just about building houses and painting roads; human capacity development is also very crucial.”
Peterside however assured the security agencies that Rivers people would continue to cooperate with them in terms of information, logistics and mutual respect as a way of promoting peace and attracting investors.