By Kenneth Uwasomba
The stakeholders of Aboh Mbaise local government area, on Saturday, condemned in its entirely the hijack of the #ENDSARS peaceful protest by hoodlums.
In his speech, made on the occasion of stakeholders and security meeting at the council’s headquarters, Aboh, the Interim Management Committee chairman, Barr (Sir) Emmanuel Njoku, pointed out that the hoodlums capitalized on the #ENDSARS protest to vandalize and steal from individuals, despite the governor and the president’s promises, which already are being started implemented.
According to him, “Arson and vandalism cannot be associated with #ENDSARS; criminality is involved”, regretting that the hoodlums had to burn down two police stations in the area – the divisional police command, Aboh Mbaise and the Enyiogugu police station.
He was emphatic that the essence of the meeting was to ensure that peace reigns in the area, advising parents to rein on their children and wards not to engage on such unholy activities. He commended security agents for their maturity and professionalism in handling the situation, adding, “We don’t want the blood to be shed in the state. I have to appreciate the efforts of Oke Ovoro youths in ensuring that the Oke Ovoro police Area command was not burnt. It is good, we should not be seen as working against the government because the Governor Hope Uzodinma administration has come to stay. There is no gain in destroying what is ours”.
In his speech, the divisional police officer, Aboh Mbise division, Chief Superintendent of police, Theoemmanuel Ibaba, enjoined the stakeholders to concertize the youths on the need for them to ensure the protection of their property, including the police station, maintaining that they did not react to the occasion to avoid casualty, adding, “please youths and people should change their mindset about the police, feel free with them and I assure you we are going to ensure no one is ill-treated.”
In his reaction, the chairman, Aboh Mbaise Council of traditional rulers, HRH. Eze Alex Ikeh, advised both the government and the citizens to do the needful to ensure peace reigns in the society, pointing out that the protests were ignited as a result of what he called compressed frustration and anger, further stating, “if nothing serious is done now and timely, the next time, it will be a volcano that will do no one any good”.
The meeting was attended by the Commissioner for Environment, Dr Iyke Njoku, the Special Adviser to the governor on project Monitoring, Nze Eddy Olewike, the special adviser to the governor on urban Water Supply, Hon. Oliver Tanana Biadio, directors of security agencies in Aboh Mbaise LGA, Traditional Rulers, President-Generals, leaders across political parties, among others, who all harped on the need for all to join hands in ensuring the security of lives and property in the area.\