By Godwin Egba
The Eleme youth council president worldwide, Prince Brian Emere Gokpa, has revealed how he is fighting to protect over 200 companies in the area, saying his committee has so far crushed 45 armed hoodlums.
He recalled that since his council came on board in 2015, not less than 45 criminal gang members have been crushed following the combined synergy between the youth council, Eleme Local Government Authority and the police command in Eleme and other security agencies in the state.
Gokpa said criminals have found steam in politics and are now serving as thugs. He said: “After elections the thugs are dumped to face their lives for another political opportunity. An idle mind is a devils workshop. Most of the jobless thugs have now become tools in devils hands who lure them into all forms of criminal acts to fend for themselves. That is the state Eleme found itself. It has experienced a dismal security break down. At a point, residents were no longer sleeping with two eyes closed. Some communities like Ebubu, Alode, Alesa and Agbonchia became criminal dens where cultism, killings, robbery and kidnapping held sway”.
The youth president wants the citizens to appreciate the enormity of task on the shoulders of his council, the Rivers State police command, and other security agencies. He said they were living up the task.
Gokpa confirmed that his council met a total collapsed security system where cult activities almost subjected security operatives helpless. The youth council and security bodies were confronted with the challenges as they went into physical combat with the dare – devil elements.
According to him, there has been a tremendous result in the war against criminal elements in the area. Gokpa revealed that 50 criminals in Eleme embraced governor Wike’s amnesty initiative –an offer or advantage keyed into by his council and other organizations. “More than 20 dangerous weapons were surrendered to the Wike’s amnesty officials by some of the repented cultists. Thereafter, the youth council set up a seminar programme on moral orientation for the repented ones out of which 10 have so far gained employment with Daewoo Nigeria Limited operating in Eleme Land”, Gokpa disclosed.
He went on: “But, woe unto a dog that goes back to its vomit! So it was with a deadly devil incarnation, a notorious kidnapper and killer Mba boy, alias SK (from Ebubu) and his three-man gang that benefited from the amnesty but went to their former ways.
“Mba and his gang were reported to have been responsible for several cases of killing and kidnapping from Eleme in Rivers State to Okigwe in Imo State where they were recently crushed in gun battle with a joint task force of security agents following a tip-off.
“When Mba and his boys went back to their former ways, the Eleme Youth Council mounted a monitoring body keeping tap on their movement from 2017 till they came to the end of their road in 2018. As far as I remain president of the Eleme Youth Council, our industrially endowed land would never serve as safe haven for criminals. The government and security agencies can count on us”, Gokpa stated.
It would be recalled that, Mba and his commanders, Teetito Frank (a.k.a Obele), Teetito Godwin (aka Coachboy) and Gift Paul were declared wanted among other cultists last year by the Rivers State government among others who have been tracked and wiped out by security forces.