Traditional rulers and chiefs from various communities of Bayelsa State are set to meet today over the rising cases of cult attacks and violent crimes in some part of the state.
The meeting, which was convened by the Institute for Niger Delta Studies in collaboration with the Association of Rural Chiefs Peace and Development Initiative and sponsored by the Nengi James Foundation, is expected to deliberate on the increased sales of illicit drugs to underage youths, misuse of such illicit drugs and control, human rights abuses, hiring of youths for violence during election and cult killings in the state.
The meeting is tagged a one-day “stakeholder Dialogue on Peace, Security and Election Matters in Bayelsa”.
The director of the Centre for Niger Delta Studies and a professor of Political Science, Prof. Ambily Etekpe said that the meeting would witness an interactive session among stakeholders including the traditional rulers, heads of security agencies, the Nigeria Union of journalists, the Nigerian Bar Association and the representatives of the state government.
He said that with the attendance of the chairman of the State Traditional Rulers Council and one time military administrator of old Rivers State, Ammanayabor of Town Brass, King Alfred Sitter Spiff and King Okpitare Diongoli, the traditional rulers are expected to deliberate and proffer solutions to the issue of insecurity in the state.
“Our meeting will also allow the traditional rulers and other stakeholders to suggest ways of stemming the rising cases of crime and criminality. They will also provide ways of achieving peace and security in the state,” he said.
Meanwhile the state police command has commenced community engagement meeting with youth presidents, community development committee chairmen and vigilante groups.
According to the statement issued by the police public relations office, DSP Asinim Butswat, the community engagement started following reported cases of cultism and armed robbery in Yenagoa metropolis and its attendant consequences on public safety.
The commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, CP Joseph Mukan, who chaired the community engagement was told by youths that cultism, armed robbery and rape are the serious crimes affecting their communities and assured the police of their readiness to partner and assist the command in fighting crime.
The commissioner of Police assured the youths that information shared with the police would be treated with utmost confidentiality. He said that flash points, illicit drugs joints and other criminal hideouts were being identified and would be raided accordingly.
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