Saturday, August 25, 2018 7:59 am
Okafor Ofiebor /Port-Harcourt
The Rumuolumeli Community in Obio-Akpor local Government Council area of Rivers state, the host community to oil multinationals like the Agip Oil Company, Saipem and others early in the week issued a seven-day ultimatum to cultists, kidnappers and dealers of illicit drugs in area to pack out or face dire consequences.
The ultimatum followed consistent violent attacks by cultists and gangs that have claimed seven lives in the last one month, according to the Chairman of the Community Development Committee, CDC, Sunny Odum.
Odum who led the anti – cultism campaign march round the community last Thursday during which the ultimatum was issued, told our correspondent that the area used to be very peaceful until recent times.
He, however, warned that if the current spate of violence is not checked through decisive communal actions, management and staff of multinationals could flee from the area and youths, the community and government would be worse for it.
“We had all sorts of killings in the last one month. For that reason the community has come together in large numbers to march round all the nooks and crannies of the community and to issue a seven-day ultimatum to cultists and those who have been involved in various criminal activities to leave immediately because after seven days, whatever they see, they will take.
“We are in synergy with the security agencies in the state of the affairs in our community – to flush out the criminals. Those who have been dealing with illicit drugs and guns fall into the category of those who should leave our community, ” Odum vowed.
On his part, Hon. Prince Solomon Abel Eke, Executive chairman, Obio/Akpor local government area, during the campaign admonished youths of the Rumuolumeni kingdom to shun social vices and ensure that peace reigned in the area.
The Chairman praised their peaceful disposition as host community towards multinationals and businesses operating in the area.
He urged the youths to close ranks with other traditional organs of the community, shun social vices and ensure that peace is paramount in the area.
“We have no other place to call home other than Rumuolumeni and as such, all hands must be on deck together with the Chiefs, elders and residents to ensure that peace and prosperity of the area is maintained. The youths of Rumuolumeni have been very hospitable to businesses and multinationals operating in the area and I must commend you for that. I urge you to avoid harmful substances and other social vices that are inimical to the progress of the area,” he said.
The campaign, which comprised of a road show and peaceful procession across the length and breadth of the community, was well attended by residents and representatives of various organs of the community.
The team also took their campaign to the palace of paramount ruler of umuolumeli kingdom, Ndubueze Orlumeni XI.
The monarch praised the Odum led youths for embarking on the campaign.