Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu

By Godwin Anene

Following incessant attacks by suspected pirate, the people of Kalaekuleama Kingdom in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State have appealed to the Inspector General of Police to save the indigenes and residents of the area from pirate attacks.

The people lamented that they were living at the mercy of the hoodlums whom had since turn their community into their hideout.

While calling for urgent measures to address their plight, they urged the IGP and the Rivers State Commission of Police to station a security unit to thwart criminal activities of the hoodlums who are operating unchallenged in the community.

The people Kalaekuleama Kingdom stated on Sunday when the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Degema Police Division, Dr. Okparakake George, visited the area.

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The spokesperson of the community, Mr Michael Aginah-Obu, speaking during the DPO’s visit, regretted that bandits now use the area as safe haven after their operations.

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Aginah-Obu noted that the people of the area were living in fear, calling on the IGP and the CP to reactivate the dilapidated police post abandoned in the area.

He said,  “Over the years we have been through so many troubles and pain in respect of insecurity. We have experienced a lot of external aggressions. Even as we are here it can happen, this is because we have no security in this community.

“The people are now afraid. Here is like their safe haven. They commit crimes elsewhere they run to Kalaekuleama to hide. It will be good to say that government has forgotten us. There is no government presence in Ke.

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“Due to the insecurity here we have lost our educational system and without education no society can move forward. We have lost our primary school and we have lost our secondary school.  We have lost the only security post we have in Ke community. Our cottage hospital is been shut down and the government is doing nothing about all these things.

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“We need a stationed police force at the Jetty, the state government should bring Operation Sting to Ke community. We do not have help because we are far from every other community in Rivers State and based on that we don’t have where to run to.”

Meanwhile, the visiting DPO assured the people of the community that their complaints would be forwarded to the appropriate authorities for action.


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