Residents of Elechi and Afikpo Water fronts in MILE ONE DIOBU port Harcourt local government area have decried the incessant attacks on residents of the water front area by suspected cultists and notorious gang group operating within the area.
Our correspondent approached some of the victims to speak on the development with a view to finding solution to the incessant attacks using the media but was turned down by the women who are sore afraid to speak but chose instead to leave the area. A visit round the waterfronts tells of life within affordable means, women were seen groups discussing the ugly news while some suspected our presence to the areas
One of the community youth who pleaded anonymity told correspondent Anita Ogona that the cult boys launched a new Wave of crime in the area. He said ‘’The victims have refused to speak because some of the women are married and some are also staying with men in the house that was why they are not speaking to you’’
The youth secretary and other men who came to the mile one police station to report the incident spoke under the condition of anonymity narrated that the armed bandits stormed one yard at the early hours of Saturday morning raped about six to seven women, even married women were raped in front of their husbands and some girls in front of their Fathers
He said the cultist have resorted to raping women in front of their husband’s after dispossessing them of their belongings will tie up the men and rape their wife and daughters. He called on police, The International Federation of Women Lawyers FIDA to come to the aids of the women with a view to providing legal counsel and bring the perpetrators to justices.
Meanwhile civil societies organizations have joined in condemning the attacks on waterfront dwellers. The spokesman of Civil Rights Council PRINCE WIRO lamented the inabilities of the police to safe guard the area. He said a situation where hoodlums are allowed to operate without recourse to constituted authority is not acceptable, because these people live at the waterfront does not mean they are not human. They have the right to shelters and rights to be protected and secured. We are calling on the Police to live up-to its responsibility of Protecting lives and property.
He added that The Rivers state police command is yet to react to the incident even when a formal complaint was lodged at mile one police division. Meanwhile the incident has been proper documented at Mile 1 Diobu Divisional Police Headquarters. The station officer received the youths and myself on arrival to the Police station, He in turn called the IPO who took records of everything and statements