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OSPAC VIGILANTE OUTFIT AND CRIME CONTROL IN EMOHUA AND ETCHE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS OF RIVERS STATE
This study examined OSPAC vigilante and crime control in Emohua and Etche Local Government Areas. The study adopted three (3) research questions and objectives and they guided the study. The study adopted community implant theory propounded by Rosenbaum (1987) to support the use of OSPAC vigilante on crime control. The descriptive survey research design was used. The study population is about 633,700 people, with a sample size of 400. The purposive sampling technique was used. The method of data collection utilized both primary and secondary sources. However, simple percentages, mean and standard deviation were used for data analysis. The study found out that the failure of the Nigerian security in curbing crime, high level of poverty, lack of quality leadership, cult clashes for supremacy, high level of unemployment and desire to get rich quick are factors responsible for insecurity. Further findings showed that since the inception of OSPAC vigilante security in Emohua and Etche local government areas, there have been crime reductions in the areas as people go about their daily activities. The study recommended that despite reductions in crime in Emohua and Etche by OSPAC vigilante; there is a need for its sustainability, and one way to achieve this would be to provide employment, entrepreneurship education and training.
KEYWORDS: OSPAC, Crime, Vigilante, Crime Control, Insecurity