Police wade into Rumuji youth leadership crisis


Tina Amanda

The crisis that has long rocked the youth leadership of Rumuji Community in Emohua local government area has finally been laid to rest following the directive issued by the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State, CP Mustapha Dandaura, to the Rumuji Traditional Council of Chiefs.

Dandaura had earlier given directives to the Council of Chiefs and National Youth Council of Nigeria to make peace amongst the Rumuji youth body and resolve all matter amicably, following a petition written to the CP by a member of the youth body.

The Rumuji Council of Chiefs led by Eze Ohna Christian Okachineke-Elechi and the Coordinator National Youth Council, Innocent Woke, took steps to initiate peace by dissolving all the electoral youth body and immediately set up a new body to conduct elections for the youth group.

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Addressing the youths, the Rumuji Paramount Ruler, Eze Ohna Christian Okachineke-Elechi, admonished the youth to always be in their best behaviour as no community can function well without a youth body, as Elders in every Community relies on youth for strength in carrying out some activities.

He also assured them that the Chiefs in council will work together with the state government to inaugurate a new youth body.

Eze Okachineke-Elechi, however, charged the youth body to put the interest of the community first, saying that his interest is for the peace and development of the youth which in return will develop the community.

On his part, Coordinator National Youth Council of Nigeria, Innocent Woke, said the crisis was a result of the two electoral committees set up by the youth, stressing that the intervention has restored normalcy amongst the youths and in the community.

He further encouraged the electoral body to be fair in the electoral process that will bring in new Rumuji youth leadership, adding that they should not do anything that will sabotage the interest of the community.

Rumuji community was the worst hit by violent attacks caused by youth restiveness before the establishment of the local vigilante known as Rumuji Odogu Security Peace and Advisory Committee.