BY Johnbosco Agbakwuru
CALABAR – Determined to forestall any threat to security of lives and property in the state, Cross River State Government has held a talk-shop for royal fathers with a charge to them, to use age grades in their communities to maintain security.
Meanwhile, the paramount ruler of Calabar South and Muri Munene of Efut Kingdom, Munene Efiong Mbukpa, has commended Governor Liyel Imoke and the state Security Adviser for organising the talk-shop and taking the issue of security seriously.
Addressing the royal fathers in Calabar, the state Security Adviser, Mr. Rekpene Bassey, said though insecurity was more serious in the Northern part of the country, the state would not wait until it was faced with the same precarious situation before taking measures to prevent it.
He said: “It is for this reason that Governor Imoke had approved this talk-shop to sensitise and remind us about the worrisome security situation in our nation and therefore prepare our minds to face the reality of the moment.”
Presenting a paper on The Role of Neighborhood Security Watch in the Maintenance of Peace, Law and Order in our Community, Bassey said that criminals in the neighborhood do not come from the outer space or forest, but rather they live within the communities.
He said that age grades in the communities will form vigilante and would work closely with law enforcement agencies, adding that the main aim was to prevent crime and create peaceful communities.
He also said that the vigilante will help reduce the undue fear of crime by providing adequate information as well as fish out cultists, who hold the people hostage through their nefarious activities.