The All Progressives Congress, APC has urged the governors of the South-South states to urgently convene a stakeholders meeting of the region to address growing threats on insecurity.
The APC Spokesman in Rivers State, Ogbonna Nwuke, in a statement in Port Harcourt said the call is a necessary one to avert the weakening of the oil-bearing region.
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The party noted that attacks in Rivers state have shown that unless something urgent is done to involve backers; the entire region may be placed under threat.
“A stitch in time they say saves nine”.
“It is our hope that the Governors of the South-South would call a broad-based meeting of stakeholders in the region to address threats to South-South security”
“It is urgent; it is needful, and we think that the time to gather the South-South people to find solutions to attacks from outside is now.”
“This is the third time that an attack would be carried out on Rivers soil by persons whose identities are unknown”
The statement further identified with the families of the slayed security personnel in the state.
He urged the people of Rivers state to be vigilant and appeal to those who want to turn Rivers State into a battleground to desist.
“While we pray for the repose of their souls, we also pray that the good Lord would grant the families they left behind the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss”.
“We are, however, worried that those who may be behind these plots are beginning to create fear among our people”.
“These people, whoever they are, are gradually expanding the frontiers of terror.”
He also advised the public to support the police with useful information that would lead to the arrest of the criminal group attacking security formations.
“The security agents have this time rallied to fight back”
“While we hope that the Rivers State Government and the security agencies will live up to their obligations in terms of protecting the people as well as institutions of the state”
“We appeal to all law-abiding citizens to support the authorities through information sharing”