Residents of Rumuekini in Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State may again be living in fear following the emergence of two Chief Security Officers, CSOs, for the community.
Each also lays claim to the leadership of the community’s vigilance group, ASPAC, which it was gathered now has two opposing factions.
According to one side of the story, one Comrade Nmecha Samuel Anwusor was appointed the community’s CSO about two years ago but seemed to have lost the confidence of the paramount ruler, Eze Amadi Wali. The same paramount ruler, it was alleged, has appointed one Amadi Samuel as the new CSO. Both are claiming the position.
It was gathered the return of another set of ASPAC members, whom, it was learnt, were trained at Omoku, headquarters of the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government, and who reportedly enjoy the backing of Eze Wali, is brewing another possible breach of the peace in the area.
In an interview with journalists, one of the claimants, Anwusor, explained that he was to serve in the position as CSO of the Community for a mandatory 3 years to occupy the office. He noted that when he was sworn into office by the Paramount Ruler, at no time did the paramount ruler would say he had been sacked.
Comrade Nmecha maintained that the security of the community was everybody’s business as he would not fold his arms and watch things go wrong security-wise. He lamented that rather than encourage his efforts at community policing that has maintained peace, he rather chose to compromise it.
He narrated how the Paramount ruler reported him to a cleric but only to chicken out when the matter turned against him.
Comrade Nmecha argued that should the security in the community collapse, the authorities of OSPAC in Omoku should be held responsible as they did not consulting the Akpor OSPAC before going ahead to train another set of members of the local vigilance group.
In his own account, Mr. Amadi Samuel claimed that his appointment was made by the Rumuekini Council of Chiefs and Elders. He added that his rival had been appointment the community’s Adviser on Security.
He said that the Paramount-Ruler-in-Council was no more comfortable with the activities of the Nmecha-led ASPAC over allegation he made “illegal” recruitments into the body and would not inform the traditional ruler. According to him, those “unknown” recruits were causing problems in the community. He explained that the situation necessitated the selection and training of “serious-minded” persons on training.
He exonerated the paramount ruler of any wrongdoing.