By Chinasa Ogbonna
Two hundred and fifty youths from Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area trained specifically for security in the area under the aegis of the Imo Niger Delta Security Network, (INDSN), have been commissioned.
Performing the commissioning ceremony recently, the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, charged them to, within three months, flush out the cultists and hoodlums who have been terrorizing the two oil producing local government areas.
Warning that the outfit which has been trained in community-policing would be dissolved if they failed to meet the target, the governor lamented that several traditional rulers from the area have fled their kingdoms to escape being victims of the nefarious activities of the cultists.
He equally observed with utter dismay that the activities of the criminals parading as cult groups had resulted in the vandalisation of pipe lines, burning of houses, destruction of property and the loss of innocent lives as he vowed that government would no longer tolerate the activities of the miscreants.
While releasing the sum of four million naira to the outfit, he also ordered that the 16 area offices built for the outfit be released to them, counseling INDSN officers to partner with the security agencies in the state in the task of flushing out the cultists from the area.
The director-general of the outfit, Dr Justice Harcourt conducted the governor to inspect the officers. He thanked the governor for the interest he has shown in the development of the Niger Delta area of Imo State including the appointment of one of their sons, Engr Kingsley Uju, as the Deputy Chief of staff as well as the establishment of the Marine University in Ossemotto, Oguta.