A traditional ruler in Imo State (names withheld) who allegedly ran to Abuja after escaping from kidnappers’ den has been given one month to return to his domain or lose his staff of office.
The Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, handed down the ultimatum at a security meeting he held with traditional rulers, members of the Community Government Councils (CGC), and the Imo Security Network.
The governor condemned the action of the traditional ruler, stating that on no account should a royal father, who is the Chief Security Officer of his community, leave his community.
The royal father was alleged to have abandoned his domain and relocated to Abuja early this year for fear of being kidnapped again as he did not pay his abductors any ransom.
The governor got wind of this when another traditional ruler in the meeting tried to highlight the security situation in the local government.
He stated that the CGC Watch has been initiated to help the community leaders provide proper security in the communities, especially during the approach of the festive period.
“We are trying to provide a crime-free Imo State during this Christmas and New year celebration for those coming back and also for us around”, he said.
He continued: “When an Eze leaves his community, what would be the fate of the members of that community?”
Payment of salaries of the members of the community watch, sanitization of the prisons and the promise of amnesty to criminals who return their arms to the police were major issues discussed at the meeting held at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC).
The Governor presented a Black Sheet which will be distributed to traditional rulers where they would record the names of criminals in their domains and submit to the government for investigation.