By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Three months after the ban of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by the Inspector General Police following the nationwide protest against the activities of the formation and and calls for it to be abolished, security operatives and community leaders in Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State on Monday alerted the public of the planned #EndVigilante and Community Policing locality.
They called on Delta State government and Inspector General of Police, (IGP,) to act fast and avert the sinister motive of the elements.
It was gathered that security report on Monday in Ughelli indicated that the plan to call for an end to vigilantes and community policing activities in the area and the state as a whole is gathering momentum in some quarters of the council area.
A source close to the Security Intelligent Department and other security operatives in the council disclosed that some criminal elements in the council area are concluding plans to carry out massive protest in Ughelli North and the state as a whole tagged, “#EndVigilantes and Community Policing activities in Ughelli North council” to drive home their nefarious quests.
The source stated further that the plan is a calculative attempt meant to weaken the vigilante group and the community policing members’ activities who are assisting the police in the council area.In a swift reaction, the Police Public Relations in the State , DSP Onome Onowakpoyeya said that she has not receive such information, adding that” We will investigate the story flying around and get back to you as soon as possible”
Concerned residents while calling on the Delta State government, Commissioner of Police Delta State and Inspector General of Police to beam their search light on Ughelli to avert the repeat of #EndSars protest that started in Ughelli and claimed the life of a police officer with many others sustaining gun injuries, they hinted that criminals who are noticeable cultists and confirmed armed robbers and kidnappers in the state have engaged the service of some lawyers who are their group members to come to their aide in any police arrest.
This revelation is coming in the wake of declaration of total war on cults, armed robbers and kidnappers by stakeholders’ of Ughelli kingdom and followed series of mob actions on criminals operating in the council.
It will be recalled that palpable fear recently enveloped the council area following a deadly clash between Aye cult group and Bagar cult group that led to the death of a Bagar member, Okiemute Precious and two others.
It was gathered that until he met his waterloo, late Okiemute Precious has series of cases with his cult members over who is to be the leader of the group a situation that led to faction in the cult group that snowballed into killing of each other as his co-contender popularly known as ‘pastor’ by his cult members who met his waterloo recently while trying to kill one of the vigilante leader in the council.
Our correspondent further gathered that late Okiemute Precious at a time ran away from Ughelli to Port-Harcourt for safety and returned after the death of his rival, Pastor, a situation that reopened the old wounds amongst members of the Bagar cult group in the council area and its sisters council areas.
“The criminals in Ughelli and its environs are working round the clock to carry violence protest tagged, ‘#EndVigilantes , Community Policing activities in Ughelli north LGA’, the plans is to launch attack on suspected law abiding citizenry of the state with the aims of making the council area and state as a whole ungovernable for Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.
“Their plans are to give the security operative names and to woo the mind of the public against them,” the source added.