Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that no level of use of force by federal security agencies will intimidate the government and people of the state.
The governor said the state government remains committed to the legal use of the people’s mandate to advance the course of development.
Wike spoke yesterday during the commissioning of Anaka multipurpose community hall at Ogbogoro Town in Obio/Akpor local government area of the state.
The governor urged Rivers people to remain peaceful and calm despite the provocative actions against their interest.
Wike, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Hon. Chukwuemeka Woke, regretted the invasion of the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency training camp by the Nigerian Army, saying that it was done in bad faith.
He said: “The Rivers State House of Assembly passed a bill establishing Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency. The Governor of Rivers state signed that bill and it became a law of the state.
“If anybody or any organization or institution has anything against that law, what is natural, is to go to Court of law and challenge that law.
“You are aware and have seen the level of provocation by federal agencies. Only last week, they invaded the training camp of the Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency.
“But we are urging Rivers people to remain firm and strong. I tell you as far as Rivers state is concerned, we cannot be intimidated. No amount of federal might can intimidate us.”
The governor stated that the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency has also created the needed employment and empowered youths across the state.
He charged communities across the state to remain peaceful and support peace initiatives that will engender development.
Earlier in his speech, chairman of the occasion, Mr George Ihuigwe, who urged youths of the community to desist from crime and cultism, said he will contribute his quota to the development of the area by supporting the education of youths through the purchase of JAMB and WAEC forms.
He thanked the governor for always identifying with the community through projects and participation in their key social functions.
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