Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has threatened to dethrone traditional rulers in communities with high prevalence of insecurity, kidnapping and cultism stating that such areas will no longer enjoy patronage from the government moving forward.
Wike also issued a two-week ultimatum to all local council chairman in the state to ensure that all bushes used as criminal hideouts by kidnappers and armed robbers are brought down.
The state governor who gave the marching orders during a special security meeting at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Monday, also stated that the State government was poised to clamp down on criminals perpetrating crime and criminality in the state.
Wike said: “All those local government areas where there is no serious cases of cultism and kidnapping, the state government will give them more projects and attention. But councils where cultism and kidnapping have become entrenched, the government will depart.
“For communities where cultism and kidnapping are encouraged, their traditional rulers will be deposed. We will not allow crisis in our communities. If you don’t want to take the war to them, we will take the war to you.”
He also urged stakeholders to work with security agencies to fight insecurity in the state to a standstill.
“Enough is enough…If you say we will not sleep, you also will not sleep. Every logistic has been provided for security agencies to tackle the insecurity,” he assured.
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