In our congratulatory message marking one year of uninterrupted peace in Odegu, we presupposed that rejigging our local security architecture is a panacea to sustaining and achieving lasting peace in Odegu and Emolga at large.
Within Odegu territory which also covers the boundary between Emohua and Rundele of the east west road, the success recorded in achieving peace along the east west road is highly applaudable.
In our quest to realising a peaceful environment, our leaders explored all possible means, conventional and unconventional.
Firstly, it is important we note that Odegu play host to a divisional Police headquarter situated in Rumuji Odegu. The Police did her best in curtailing insecurity; but it seems a distant task. The Nigerian military was also hired at community cost to fight this ugly menace, yet too herculean in nature.
The ban on OSPAC from operating in other LGA by the governor of Rivers State after one week of hiring by Odegu people gave way to training some youths from Odegu and Rundele who were named Rundele Odegu Security Advisory Committee (ROSPAC)
This youths are conversant with the security challenges bedevilling our area and also knows most of the perpetrators of this heinous crimes within our communities.
ROSAC as the pioneer affiliate body of OSPAC received first-hand training from OSPAC which is akin to a sweet taste of a fresh soup cooked my a professional chef. Her operations in tackling insecurity are garnished with civility. ROSPAC works hand in hand with the divisional police authority and Nigeria military stationed in Rumuji Odegu. Their engagements in combating crime are jointly except on rare cases.
So far, ROSPAC has done very well, though not without mistakes as a result of members misconduct negating their modus operandi.
We also know their are some who are secretly indulged in nefarious activities that are threatened by ROSPAC existence, thus doing all within their reach to sabotage their efforts. Their sacrifices in providing the needed security within Odegu by complimenting the untiring efforts of the Police and Army can not merely be wished away.
Nevertheless, recently some community vigilante that are also trained by OSPAC has been on the news for wrong reasons. Some of their activities has heightened insecurity threats as a result of trampling on fundamental human rights of some. This actions can never be justifiable and admissible. There are calls from different quarters. We urge the government and security agencies to checkmate the activities of those community vigilantes.
For us from Odegu extraction, ROSPAC has given us back our land once stolen by the criminals and they are the face of security in our communities. It behoves now on our leaders, government and security agencies to continually checkmate their activities for better delivery guided by law.
If all hands are on deck, then the desired peace is achievable.