By George Onah
Port Harcourtâ€” Rivers State Governor, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has said that his administration was determined to check the rising cases of armed robbery, killings and kidnappings along the boundary between the state and Abia State.
Amaechi who spoke at a Church service in Port Harcourt, Sunday, said the increase and widespread criminal activities in the area had become alarming and is giving the government sleepless nights.
He said government was determined and would do everything within its powersÂ to protect the people and their property, adding that the perpetrators of the vices,Â if caught, would not go free.
Represented by his Deputy,Â Mr. Tele Ikuru, the Governor said the administration will take proactive measures toÂ tackle the menace and charged the people of the area to warn their children and wards to desist from criminal activities.
The Governor was of the view that if the children of the area resolve to tackle the vices, the problems would have been half solved. He called for a change ofÂ heart of the criminals, adding that they need reorientation.
He reminded people to make use of the emergency telephone number, 112, recently introduced by the state government, sayingÂ â€œit should be utilized free of charge and from any telephone network in the country by the citizens in times of distress.â€
In his sermon on ‘Divine Visitation and Divine Grace’, the Vicar of the Church, Venerable David Ekwueme, called on the people to expect their own divine manifestation, and that “everyone has his own time of grace to be uplifted.â€