The reign of impunity orchestrated by some members of community vigilance groups in Rivers took a dramatic turn on Thursday as Operatives of the State Police Command, raided the office of the group popularly known as OSPAC in Nkpor community in the Rumuolumeni axis of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the State.
Three persons were apprehended during the raid while several others took to their heels.
The raid according to Police sources was sequel to a complaint lodged at the Human Rights Desk of the State Police Command by one Clifford Woko who alleged that he was brutalized by members of the group.
It was learnt that members of the group had gone to a building site at Nkpor to demand a levy known as ‘matching ground’ from the site Engineer who happened to be a friend of Mr. Woko.
Mr. Woko was said to have asked his Engineer friend not to oblige them their request especially as the former administration of Governor Chibuike Amaechi had outlawed the collection of such illegel levies in Rivers State.
Angered at his effrontery, members of the group were said to have bundled the ‘recalcitrant meddlesome interloper’ to their office, dealt him some matchete blows and beat him blue black.
He was only released after the Engineer parted with some money.
Sequel to this development, the Human Rights Desk of the State Police Command extended an invitation to the group on three occasions- firstly on January 29, February 1 and February 2,2021 which they refused to honour.
OSPAC Commander in Rumulomeni community,one Kenneth Olumeni who denied the assault on Mr. Woko had accused him of being a cultist who goes about disturbing land developers in the area.
In the meantime, the trio have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) for further investigations just as an elated Mr. Woko is praying that justice is served in the matter.