July 25, 2021

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Relief As OSPAC Members Regain Freedom

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There has been excitement in the Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State following the release of detained members of the local vigilante group, OSPAC, who have been on detention for over two weeks now.
The arrested members regained their freedom during the weekend, shortly after a “save our soul” message was sent to the state governor, Nyesom Wike urging him to see to their release to avert threat in the security of the area.
Residents had noted that it was the presence of OSPAC that brought about the serenity in the area. They held that before the vigilante group came to be, the local government was characterized by cultism and criminal activities.
OSPAC is an indigenous vigilante group which has been responsible in the fight against insecurity in the local government.
While celebrating the release of the group, a resident, Amarachi Nwoke expressed relief that OSPAC was back. She told TNN that “the release of members of OSPAC is the restoration of our hope.”
According to her, after the arrest, there have been signs of threat to security. She stated that the release of the OSPAC members was for the benefit of the entire state.
In an exclusive interview with the local government chapter chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Apostle Promise Ebenezer, he expressed excitement, saying it was God’s intervention over what he described as little crisis in ONELGA.
He said: “We are fully in support of OSPAC because OSPAC is like God’s sent. When we were in crisis, God sent OSPAC through the prayers of the saints and they did marvelous in ONELGA, making sure that we can sleep well.
“Now, I don’t know where this problem is coming from. Let me not accuse anybody yet, but we are still praying that God of peace will sustain the place in ONELGA. Our stand is that we are fully in support of OSPAC.”
The chairman noted that the absence of OSPAC in ONELGA would pose severe threat to the peaceful co-existence and security in the area. He said “the arrest of members of OSPAC since last week posed lots of challenges in the security of ONELGA because people are afraid of what they went through. So, we are saying that we won’t go back to Egypt again, so, the panic is still there in ONELGA, we don’t want to experience what we had the last time.”
Also, a peace advocate from Ogba, Ambassador Bright Abali who spoke on behalf of the people of ONELGA said “ONELGANS were fully mobilized to fight for the release of the arrested members of OSPAC because the continual detention of members of the vigilante was a plot by enemies of ONELGA to throw the LGA into another years of barbaric killings and unrest. Abali said “the local vigilante group had voluntarily fought against cultists and criminals in the LGA.

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