Security Operatives in Rivers State have emphasized on the need for traditional rulers across Communities in Rivers state to assist security agencies in the ongoing fight against crime and Criminality.
According to a senior Police officer attached to the Anti Kidnapped Unit of the Rivers State police Command,(Name withheld since he does not have the approval to speak to press) the call became necessary following assistance from the Amayanabo of Okochiri Kingdom, King ATEKE TOM on the success recorded in unraveling mind bugling crimes unveiled in the last couple of weeks in rivers state in crime fighting.the security boss revealed that from the Arrest of the killers of the 3 Uni-port students, to the exhumation of 3 bodies at an illegal oil Bunkering site in Bera Gokana, and the 30th June 2020 exhumation of 4 bodies in a soakeraway in Umuebelle Etche LGA are all efforts of King ATEKE
The officer while linking some of their achievement to the effort of ATEKE TOM, maintained that Cultism and other Criminal activities will become things of the past if Traditional leaders will be ready to expose those involved in such act. he said ”if all traditional rulers behave like HRM King Ateke Tom, who is ready to give necessary assistance to the police including financial assistance, crimes in the state would be brought to the barest minimal”
He also called on other Traditional Chiefs to wake up to their responsibility of assisting police with information that could lead to the arrest of criminal element within their domain