Opposition party planning to set up parallel vigilante – Wike raises alarm


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has alleged that there is a plot by a familiar opposition party to float an armed vigilante group in the State.

Governor Wike claimed that the plan of the illegal vigilant groups was to cause clashes with the State Neighbourhood Watch to pave the way for the police to ban the new security outfit.

The Governor, who spoke while playing host to the new Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 6, AIG Usman Abubakar, at the Government House Port Harcourt, said such political plots will fail as the State Neighbourhood Watch had come to stay.

He stated that only a court of competent jurisdiction can stop the Neighbourhood Watch.

Governor Wike said the Neighbourhood Watch was strictly a security organization that will support security agencies with intelligence to promote the security of the state.

He said that the Neighbourhood Watch was fashioned in line with the operations of a similar agency set up in Lagos State to support security agencies.

According to Wike, “In setting up the State Neighbourhood Watch, we adopted the process established in Lagos State. This is a replica of what is already in existence in Lagos State.

“We are setting up the State Neighbourhood Watch for intelligence gathering. Policemen and other security agencies cannot be everywhere.

“They need the relevant support to maintain security across the state”.


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