By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT-HARCOURT â€” CHAIRMAN of Rivers State Social Rehabilitation Committee, SRC, Chief Albert Horsfall, has spoken against recent abductions, assassinations and murders witnessed in the state in recent times.
Horsfall, in a statement made available to Vanguard yesterday, said it was shocking to note that between December, when a former member of the State House of Assembly, Charles Nsiegbe, was murdered in the state capital and January 10, the state had recorded two other visible murders.
He said:Â â€œSince the middle of December 2009 until 10 January 2010, three prominent members of Rivers society have been murdered. Charles Nsiegbe, Ambassador Ignatius Ajuru and now Kunle Oropo, a bank manager.â€
â€œA number of others, some of whom we may not recognize or even know, may have equally been murdered, including the driver to Ajuru,â€ he lamented.
Describing the sad incidents as madness, Chief Horse fall,Â who acknowledged the effort of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to return the state to the path of peace, called on all residents of the state to support moves by security operatives to rid the state of those behind callous crimes.
According to him, this sad situation must not be allowed to continue in the state.
He said any attempt by some persons to take the state back to the old days, when there was security challenge, should be resisted by all.
He said:Â Â â€œWe must not as a people remain or appear to remain helpless. We cannot also watch idly bye and say that the police must unravel these crimes immediately and prosecute those responsible and bring justice to the society.
â€œThe police do not carry a magic want to unravel crimes. They work on information and leads supplied by alert and active members of the public.
â€œA docile public cannot effectively support police investigation. We must see this crime as a crime against society at large.â€
He urged all members of Rivers society to see police duty as a shared responsibility.
According to him, it is only when society plays its part that the police will be very effective in the fight against crime.
He said they should not hesitate to supply information to security operatives that would assist in promoting peace