Pita Omon (Crime Editor)
The Director General, Rivers Neighborhood Watch, Dr Uche Mic Chukwuma, a retired Assistant Commissioner of Police (Rtd ACP), has assured that when fully operational, the security agency would be on top of the security challenges facing the State.
The outfit was set up years ago by the Rivers State government to tackle rising insecurity in the state but was bogged down by lawsuits and political opponents who felt the outfit would be used to hijack the 2019 elections.
According to the DG, “If not the political intrigue that characterized the commencement of the corps, the State would have been peaceful by now”.
ACP Chukwuma regretted that some persons felt threatened by his appointment by Gov Nyesom Wike to head the security outfit and moved against it. The DG, who is a celebrated police chief who spent most of his years with the police in Rivers State, said residents of the State would soon be sleeping with their two eyes closed if necessary machinery is put in place to fight crime and criminalities in the State.
He advised residents of the State not to see security as the duty of the police alone but a collective responsibility of all stakeholders.
Dr Chukwuma however assured that if everybody is tired of the increasing crime rate and other social vices which he said can be reduced through collective means they would join hands to fight crime.
The security chief also commended the State government for the provision of vehicles and other logistics to security agencies in the State for them to do their work without hindrance.
On when his agency will commence full operational, he promised that very soon, operations would begin. He refused to give specific date.