Barely 24 hours after signing the controversial Rivers State Neighbourhood Watch Corps Bill into law, Gov Nyesom Wike has appointed the author of the ‘Noble Policemen’, Uche Chukwuma, as the Director-General to serve as commander. He holds a doctorate degree and was the police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) and later served in other top police formations in the country. He is author of many books on policing including a 2017 book on community policing.
The DG is to report directly to the Governor, but the opposition kicked against the security outfit, saying Wike was building a parallel army. A statement from the government house said Friday afternoon that the Wike has approved the appointment of Uche Chukwuma as the Acting Director General of the Neighbourhood Safety Agency.
A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media noted that Chukwuma who retired as an Assistant Commissioner of Police holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree and is a seasoned security professional.
It will be recalled that the Rivers State Governor gave his assent to the Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law No.8 of 2018 passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly on Thursday.