Chairman of Emohua Local Government council of Rivers State, High Chief Tom Aliezi has received accolades from some residents of the local government following his recent decision of reorganizing security vigilante group in the area.
Residents who spoke with TNN believe that the chairman’s former action of disbanding the local vigilante group, OSPAC, without alternative security measures would only amount to the return of insecurity in Emohua.
It will be recalled that following allegations of illicit acts allegedly perpetrated by some members of the group, the chairman had earlier approved the dissolution of all community vigilante groups, across the local government area.
In an earlier statement signed by the LG chairman, “the dissolution of OSPAC followed several reports of the unlawful activities of some bad eggs within the vigilante groups, which is a complete deviation from the aims and objectives behind the establishment of the community vigilante groups in the area.”
The residents believe that unlike the initial declaration of disbanding, that profiling, reorganizing and reorientation of the local vigilante group by state security agencies will help enlighten them for better service to the area.
According to Mr. Feutus Orieji, “the initial intention to return insecurity to our domain by disbanding OSPAC without alternative security measures was indeed a serious threat to our peace.
“We are glad and we wholeheartedly applaud the chairman. News came in, in that the Emohua LGA chairman has reversed his decision by calling for profiling and reorganization of the formally disbanded security vigilante group in the LGA.
“My palpable anger was to speak on the adverse negating effects of such decision by the council boss, but with this, I give him thumps up.”
Again, a woman who gave her name simply as Mrs. Rejoice said, “the reason these boys were asked to stop doing security in this place is because of the things some of them were doing, but like police, you have the good ones and the bad ones.
“OSPAC have tried, yes, but I don’t know why they started behaving like this, maltreating people, abusing residents, wounding innocent boys that did not do them anything, it’s not good, they should stop doing all those things.”
She added that: “We are happy that our chairman changed his mind, because killing was too much in this Emohua, but when OSPAC came the bad boys who were killing and doing all those evil all ran away, we are not happy that some OSPAC people started behaving like that but if they do what they said they will do, then the good ones will continue while the bad ones should be arrested.”