The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Rivers State Chapter has expressed shock and disgust over the devastating and mind shattering explosion that sent residents and business operators in Rumuokoro axis of Port Harcourt scampering for safety, this morning, Thursday, May 17, 2012.
In a statement issued and signed by its Publicity Secretary, Jerry Needam, the ACN described the ugly incident as unfortunate but more as a pointer to the parlous security situation everywhere in Nigeria.
By this action, Jerry Needam said, nobody is safe despite huge sums of money voted for security which regrettably are being filtered away by those in charge.
The ACN Spokesman said the issue is not whether the explosive was a dynamite in the hands of armed robbers or bomb by the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram but the ability of the hoodlums to beat all security network scattered around major checkpoints in Port Harcourt.
The ACN argues that crimes of this nature are on the increase because the PDP ruling government elsewhere in the country is yet to see security and safety of lives and property as a serious issue and hence, has handled such with levity.
“We make bold to say that this morning’s explosion in a busy area like Rumuokoro should not be seen as one of such usual occurrences but a matter of serious concern that should be fully investigated and adequate measures put in place to ensure there is no re-occurrence” the ACN noted, stressing that Port Harcourt, because of its natural habitation and economic importance to Nigeria cannot afford to serve as a theatre for the uncanny reckless and inhuman bombardment and waste of human lives by irresponsible charlatans for whatever reason.
Indeed, this is a very big challenge and both the Amaechi-led government of Rivers State and the various security agencies in the State should rise up to the threat, the ACN Spokesman, Jerry Needam warned.
Jerry Needam, JP
Action Congress of Nigeria
Thursday, May 17, 2012