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Emohua Council boss suspends local vigilante group in Rivers State

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Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike

By Nziwu Uchechi

The Executive chairman of Emohua Local Government Council, High Chief Tom Aliezi, has approved the dissolution of all community vigilante groups, also know as OSPAC, across the local government area.

The dissolution followed several reports of unlawful activities of some bad eggs within the vigilante groups, which Aliezi said is a complete deviation from the aims and objectives behind the establishment of the community vigilante groups in the area.

Some of atrocities reportedly committed by OSPAC in Emohua LGA in the last three months included stripping of one Miss Comfort Eze naked in Ovogo community for alleged stealing of cassava; shooting to death of Mrs Abraham Victoria, mother of five children by OSPAC in Rumukpe; defilement of 13-year- old girl by OSPAC in Obudioga; butchering of Gabriel Wisdom by OSPAC in Rumukpe; abduction of Goodluck Ekwe by OSPAC in Rumukpe and killing of Prince Chika Nedd by OSPAC in Obele.

Coordinator of Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign, Prince Wiro also condemned the unlawful acts of the vigilante group.
He listed this to include defilement, rape, operation of illegal detention facility and collection of ‘bail’ money.

He said the Local Government Chairman must work in synergy with the police and other relevant security agencies to disarm members of the defunct OSPAC and retrieve the large amount of arms and ammunition in their possession.

“He will advise the vigilante group be re-constituted in record time with well defined operational guidelines  and proper profiling by the Police,” he said, adding that must have a structure that encourage holding leaders of the group accountable.

OSPAC was instrumental to the reduction of crimes in communities in Emohua LGA, such as abduction of passengers and armed robbery.

Meanwhile, security agencies and traditional rulers have been directed to report, arrest and prosecute any person or persons operating in the name of OSPAC or any other illegal community vigilante group in the area.