Following series of reports Petitions to police commissioner in Rivers State from Human rights organisation on various infractions and abuses by a Local vigilante group popularly called Elele OSPAC in Ikwerre local Government area, the command has expressed worries over the issues and called on the Local Government Chairman to raise to his responsibilities.
The police public relations officer Nnamdi Omoni also called on the Ikwerre local government areas council boss, Samuel Nwanosike to check the raising cases of human rights abuses arising from altercations between Ospac and members of his community.
He said the constant report of missing people from the community as result of one OSPAC Arrest or the other is becoming worrisome, the latest been the 26 years old mother of 5 whose husband an okada rider was picked on the 18th of April 2020 and have not been seen till date.
He clarified that Although the command is in sync with community Policing because they are closest to the people, he says ‘’community policing or local vigilante or whatever name they bear, knows the bad boys in each area, but that the terms of engagement is to apprehend bad boys/girls and hand over to police to prosecute and not to take laws into their hand by arresting, judging matters and collecting bail ransoms,
The Police spokesman said the primary responsibility of Every Local Government Chairman is to protect Lives and properties and live in harmonious relationship with the people from grass root, and not to be a torn in their flesh.
‘’We urge Samuel Nwanosike to check this raising menace with a view to ending the ugly trend.’’