Traditional rulers in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State have accused the acting local government chairman, Emeka Iheanacho, and other politicians in the area of sabotaging the recruitment of constables for community policing in the area.
The chairman of Njaba LGA Council of Traditional Rulers who is also the traditional ruler of Amazano community, Eze Caesar Duruegbusuo, made the allegation on Wednesday when he spoke during a stakeholders meeting held at Nkume Community Hall to address the issues that led to #ENDSARS protest across the country.
According to the monarch, politicians in the area highjacked the recruitment process and sidelined the traditional rulers, who are the chief security officers of their communities.
Eze Duruegbusuo lamented that the move was contrary to the directives of Governor Hope Uzodimma, insisting that the action was capable of sabotaging the security efforts of the state government.
“Governor Hope Uzodimma gave an instruction that the traditional rulers are to select the people to fill up the community policing list. Unfortunately, the politicians in the local government decided to select their boys. We’re talking about the issue of security. And there is no way you will bring someone to secure any community without the leadership of the community being aware of who is coming.
“So, we reject the list sent for community policing from Njaba. The people we selected for the community poloicing jobs, as community leaders, were rejected by politicians who substituted them with their loyalists.
“We want to state here that no traditional ruler should be held accountable for any security breach in any community in Njaba LGA. We want our governor to take note of this,” the monarch said.