The Ikwerre district command of the Royal Rangers organization in Rivers State has urged the state governor, Nyesom Wike to engage the services of all military and paramilitary bodies as he battles insecurity in the state.
The organization made the call during the weekend when officials met at the headquarters in Rumuodara of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers state to deliberate on the progress and way forward in the area of traffic control, assuring the government of their readiness to take up any responsibility assigned them by the state.
During the address, the commander in-charge of the District, Col. Kalu U. Kalu(rtd) said “it is an over-labouring task for the police to be saddled with the responsibility of community policing alone. No matter the much they do, it will not be felt because they won't be able to cover the nooks and crannies of the state regardless of the number of police stations and check-points in Rivers communities.
“The police cannot do this job alone, there will continue to be lacuna in our security system because they cannot be everywhere at the same time. Rivers State is too big for one or two military bodies to handle; they need insiders, grassroots informants whose duty will be to gather, investigate and instantly report. That is the need for this synergy.
“We are sorry to be proposing this now, but this appeal has been open for ages, just that the government is yet to consider our relevance. Most importantly, Rivers State at this point needs the intervention of all relevant security operatives to score point in this challenging time of insecurity”.
He examined the role played by the organization in areas of sanitation, traffic and reportage of perceived threat on security, assuring that the group was more than prepared to do more if the state government consents to it.
“We cannot simple assume such responsibility without the consent of the state government, it is a huge offence even if it is for the good of the people, we don't want to impersonate or embark on an unapproved mission, the men are more than ready if the government says go ahead”.
Also speaking to TNN, Capt. Lazarus Aguocha (rtd), the traffic officer in-charge of the area said “we have recorded tremendous progress and stability in the area of traffic wherever we station our men, so I have no doubt that we will achieve more if included in the security system”.
He added that apart from the organization, other bodies like the Man'O War, Brigade and others should be incorporated under one umbrella to ensure adequate security.