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A CITIZEN’S CONCERNS SERIES : AN OPEN LETTER TO THE INSPECTOR- GENERAL OF POLICE ON HIS DIRECTIVES THAT LOCAL VIGILANTE OUTFITS SURRENDER THEIR ARMS TO THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE.

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24th August, 2020.

Dear IGP,

I write this letter in a tear veiled eyes. I write this letter in disbelief. I write this letter in grief. I write this letter to express
my disappointment in your novel directive. Oga IGP, I am in pains that your State Commands do not give you the ugly
realities of the security situations in our local communities. If they do, you would not have disappointed your teeming supporters by dishing out such anti people directive.
Oga IGP, I am writing from Ikwerre LGA of Rivers State. This LGA has 12 autonomous communities viz : Isiokpo, Elele, Omerelu, Apani, Omuanwa, Ubima, Omagwa, Omademe, Ipo , Ozuaha, Igwuruta and Aluu.
Oga IGP, I put it to you that before the formation of OSPAC – a local vigilante in these areas, some daredevil Cultists, Kidnappers and armed robbers have held our communities on hostage. The criminal elements outran your men and in fact, overpowered them. Life became so unbearable to the locals. Every aspect of communal living and existence was brought to a dead halt. The communities became so desolate and ghost towns. Our farm roads and forests became dens of criminals or hideouts. They, actually, have more intelligence than your men. The boys operated unhindered and inflicted more pains on the innocent locals.
Dear IGP, this ugly scenario played out for some years as your men could do little or nothing to contend with the superior firearms of these criminal elements. The Port Harcourt-Owerri highway became a dead trap as the hoodlums harvested there at will. Almost on a daily basis, passenger buses were hijacked at will and occupants abducted to pay ransoms . Your men knew about all this but could not arrest the ugly situation.
Peace, sanity and orderliness returned to our local communities when some major stakeholders invited OSPAC to handle the worsened security situation. Ever since, peace has returned and some criminal elements have been flushed out.

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NO SANE HUMAN COULD ENGAGE CRIMINAL ELEMENTS WITH BARE HANDS.

Therefore, your directive that our local vigilante should surrender their Dane guns or pump action rifles to you is anti people and has evil intents to encourage the return of crimes and criminality to our local communities.
It may interest you to know that everyone is in support of OSPAC members bearing arms. Allow peace to reign kwanu!
Oga IGP, I will join other well meaning Nigerians to mobilise the poor masses against this your anti people directive. I put it to you that the bad boys are afraid of OSPAC and not your men! Could you help us respond to the following questions?

  1. Why were your men unable to contain the excesses of the criminals?
  2. Why are you interested in killing our aged parents at home?
  3. Is it not true that some of your men partake in these crimes?
  4. What spirited efforts have you made to retrieve all the AK-47 rifles and G-3 rifles with some criminal elements?
  5. Why are you interested in the retrieval of arms from OSPAC?

Oga IGP, I beg you in the name of God, to allow the local vigilante to operate unhindered or unmolested. I thought you would have called on the FG, State and LGCs to support the funding of the local vigilante as your collaborative sister
security agency in combating crimes and criminality.

Thanks for your understanding!

Yours faithfully,
Daniel Henacho Eluke ( Ezeoha)
From Elu Kingdom.

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