Nigeria

Rivers governor places price on head of two gang leaders

Governor Nyesom Wike on Tuesday claimed the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, spent the sum of N10 billion to fight him during the 2019 governorship election.

Rivers State’s Governor Nyesom Wike has placed a price on the head of two dreaded criminal gang leaders, VIP and Comasi, terrorising communities in Rivers.

The Governor disclosed this on Tuesday when he met with leaders of Ekpeye but did not say the amount meant for whomever apprehended the duo.

Wike, blamed parents for failure to inculcate moral values and discipline in their children for the prevailing social vices.

He urged the leaders of Ekpeye nationality to collaborate with the government to tackle the menace of kidnapping and other criminal activities in both Ahoada West and Ahoada East Local Government Areas.

“As part of measures to stamp out criminality in Ahoada West and Ahoada East LGAs, I have placed a bounty on two notorious gang leaders, VIP and Comasi, operating in that axis of the state,” he said.

Wike enjoined the two chairmen of Ahoada West and Ahoada East councils, including the traditional rulers, to stop administering the area from Port Harcourt, the state capital.

He urged them to relocate to their various communities, live among their people, understand their problems, work together with their wards and solve their problems.

“Why don’t you stay at home and solve the problem at home? Each time, I see most of you in Port Harcourt. What you are looking for I do not know. You are traditional, stay at home and know what is happening and report to the government,” he said.

The Governor charged the two council chairmen to become more responsive to the yearning of their people for the dividends of democracy.

“The two council chairmen, you’re not doing well. I believe when God gives you opportunity, it is for you to show that you’re elected by the people and let them feel your presence,” he said.

Leader of the delegation, Prof. Dulu Appah said Ekpeye people were grateful to Governor Wike for the numerous development projects sited in the area.

“Indeed for us, the Ekpeye ethnic nation, we make bold to say without fear of contradiction that the democratic dividend we have enjoyed during your administration has made us the envy of other ethnic groups in the state,” he added.

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