Delta CP seeks collaboration to tackle cultism, herdsmen menace
Delta State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Ibrahim, said this at a security summit held yesterday at Ughelli ‘A’ Division.According to him, “We are allowing the local community to have a say in the decision making and this makes the police to respond promptly to distress calls.
“Aside kidnapping, the command had received cases of sexual harassment, raping and killing by suspected herdsmen and these are issues that need to be addressed urgently.”
Also, a member representing Ughelli Constituency I in the Delta State House of Assembly, Samuel Mariere said that a bill is before the state House of Assembly and once passed, the menace of herdsmen will be checkmated across the state.
Ughelli ‘A’ Division DPO, Jonathan Acha, who described the activities of herdsmen and cultists in the state as worrisome, said: “If we continue to over-look the activities of cultism in the society, we would end up losing the lives of our youths. As for the herdsmen, it’s an issue that needs to be addressed on a round table.”
Acha said security activities should be taken as everybody’s business, if Ughelli must be free from hostage by cultists and herdsmen.He noted that community policing all over the world is the engine room for proactive management of crimes at the community level in any geographical location; adding that this basic fact is not new in the Nigeria policing system, but in all, the system until now, never encouraged open relationship with community vigilantes.
Similarly, the member representing Ethiope East Constituency, Delta State House of Assembly, Evance Ivwurie, has said that the desert across the River Ethiope called Ovre-Abraka has become a safe haven for herdsmen as all kinds of criminal activities was being perpetrated in the place, saying that failure on the part of the government to comb the area with a view to unraveling the activities of the herdsmen, remained detrimental to Abraka people.
Ivwurie spoke at the security meeting in Abraka with the President-General of the kingdom, youths, men, women and security operatives in the area.
According to him, the desert “seems to be a big community where various kinds of criminal activities thrive.’’