Following gun battle among cultists in Rumuwoji Community and Diobu axis of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, the Rumuwoji Community Council (RCC) has called on the Rivers state government to demolish illegal structures along waterfront areas in order to restore sanity to the area.
Chairman of Rumuwoji Community, Ike Wigodo made the call on Monday, shortly after visiting the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Mile1 Police Station, Isaiah Igoni.
He called on security agencies to act urgently to secure lives and properties of members of the community, and also apprehend cultists terrorizing the area
Wigodo who stated that community members and residents of the community are living in constant fear because of the activities of these criminals, said it is important that the relevant security agencies act fast in order to forestall a repeat of such in the future.
According to him, “Hoodlums suspected to be cultists since last Sunday night have been disturbing the peace of the area, shooting guns and robbing motorists and innocent citizens of their money and belongings even in broad day light.”
He disclosed that reports have it that these criminals sometimes, mount roadblocks at Uruala/Abakiliki junction and other junctions within Mile 1 and Mile 2 Diobu, PortHarcourt Rivers State, rob motorists and road users for hours and flee when police arrives.
The Community Chairman pleaded with the police to intensify efforts to arrest those involved in this nefarious acts in the area.
“It is unfortunate that these hoodlums also invade and rob shop owners in all the streets in the community and stressing that the situation needs urgent attention,” he said.
“Our findings is that these hoodlums usually come from the waterfront areas. We therefore, call on the State government to demolish those illegal structures along the waterfront areas in order to restore sanity to the area.
“These waterfront areas give these hoodlums cover and and serves as hideouts for them to carry out their criminal activities.
If these areas are demolished, peace will return to the area”, he added.
Wigodo, however, urged residents to remain calm as he expressed optimism that the security agencies will certainly bring the situation under control, while calm returns to Diobu and its environs.