Governor Nysom Wike of Rivers State has given assent to the Rivers State Neighborhood Safety Corps Law No.8 of 2018.
Speaking at the occasion at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike explained that giving assent to the law and two others (the Rivers State Secret Cult and Similar Activities (Prohibition) (Amendment) Law No.6 of 2018 and the Rivers State Kidnap (Prohibition) (Amendment) No.2 Law No.7 of 2018) were essential to enhance the security of lives and property in the state.
The Governor explained that the Neighborhood Watch Safety Corps would support security agencies in terms of providing intelligence and information gathering in the fight against crime.
He however explained that the Neighborhood watch Safety Corps would not work without approval of the security agencies which are supposed to oversight their operations adding that anyone who meant well for the state would not undermine steps taken by the state government to secure lives and property of the people.
In his words –
“If your hands are clean, then you have nothing to fear about the three laws that I have been assented to. By tomorrow, I will appoint the person that will head the Neighborhood Watch Safety Corps. All criminals will face the full weight of the law. We will fight crime and ensure that the state is safe for investors.”
Governor Wike added that the corps would not be used for political reasons but a replica of what they already have in Lagos State.
He also shed ligh on the anti-kidnapping and anti-cultism laws of the state –
“If you are a cultist and you are caught, it is life imprisonment. If you are a cultist and you kill during cult activities, you will face the death penalty. Also, if you are convicted of kidnapping and the Supreme Court affirms your conviction, I will sign the death warrant without looking back,” the governor said. Meanwhile, Wike, who insisted that the state government would fight cultism and kidnapping to a standstill in the state, noted “that enough is enough.”