Youths from Choba Community in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State have expressed sadness over the recent killing of the Chairman of the Community Development Committee and Chief Priest leading to mass arrest especially on the youths by security operatives.
Our correspondent who visited the community gathered from residents within the community that some building belonging to members of the Choba youth council including the Chairman, FRANCIS IHUNDA were destroyed by some men on uniform who were allegedly led by some indigenes of the community.
We also gathered that Chairman of Choba Youth Council FRANCIS IHUNDA who was invited by the Anti-Cultism Unit of Rivers State Police Command has been in detention since Sunday while other members of the youth body are on the run for fear of been arrested due to the on ongoing mass arrest after the Sunday killings in choba.
The Spokesman of the Youth, CHIMENEM ODONGWERU who spoke to our correspondent from his hideout denied any link of the leadership of the Choba youth to the killings in the community but blamed leadership style of the chiefs and elites who he accused of chasing shadow rather than fight insecurity in the community.
ODONGWERU while expressing worries that the traditional institution and community elites have failed in bringing peace and unity in the community, called on Governor NYESOM WIKE to come down to the community himself to restore peace and security.
Another youth leader, IYKE OGBONDA-WAHU after narrating how his younger brother was killed few weeks ago, also revealed that the choba youths kill themselves on a daily basis with many not reported and without any intervention by community leaders on the possible means of ending it, just as he insisted on the Governor’s urgent intervention to save the lives and properties of inhabitants of choba.
The traditional rulers and the elites in Choba community are yet to react to the position of the youths.
The Rivers state police command say it’s not true that it didn’t respond timely to the distress call from choba residents
The police public relation officer Nnamdi Omoni told our correspondent that men of the Choba division responded as quickly as possible to the call by the residents. He confirmed that some arrest has been made in connection to the Sunday massacre in Choba
Meanwhile the police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni said the police has taken the war to criminal hideout to raid camps and call on residents to give police credible information to would aid their operations in fighting crime and criminality