Insecurity: Ugwuanyi, neighborhood watch groups to meet Monday
* Hails NAF on air surveillance of Enugu
By Steve Oko
Piqued by the gruesome murder ,Thursday of a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu by suspected herdsmen , Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has convened an emergency security meeting with neighbourhood associations in the state to tackle the disturbing security situation in the coal city state.
Secretary to the State Government, Professor Simon Ortuanya in a statement made available to Wawa News Global, said that the meeting was an offshoot of the emergency security meeting the Governor held Friday with security chiefs in the state.
According to the statement, the Governor is leaving no stone unturned in his bid to stem the tide of insecurity in the state particularly the menace of herdsmen.
“In furtherance of far-reaching decisions taken at Friday’s emergency security meeting of Enugu State, following the unfortunate death of the Parish Priest of St. James The Greater Parish, Ugbawka in Nkanu East Local Government Area, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has summoned a crucial meeting with all local Vigilante and Neighborhood Watch groups on Monday, August 5, 2019”, the statement said .
The statement put the venue of the meeting at the Government House, Enugu while time is 1pm.
Prof. Ortuanya, who conveyed the sincere condolences of the state government to the family of Rev. Fr. Offu and the entire Catholic Diocese of Enugu, over the painful death, also notified the public of planned air surveillance by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) along Ihe-Agbudu axis, Awgu, Aninri, Nkanu East Local Government Areas and their environs, as part of measures endorsed at the meeting to improve the security of the state.
The SSG, therefore, enjoined citizens of the state not to panic in the course of the exercise, which he said is targeted at fishing out criminal elements in the affected areas and beyond. He maintained that the state government remains committed to security of lives and property in Enugu State and will continue to sustain the existing peace in the state.
In a related development, Gov. Ugwuanyi on Saturday commended the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) for its contributions towards the maintenance of peace and security in the state, especially the introduction of air surveillance of the state to enhance the state government’s successes in combating security challenges in the state.
The governor who spoke when he participated at the annual 10 kilometer Walk/Jog for all officers, airmen and airwomen of the Nigerian Air Force in Enugu, stated that the exercise which was designed to ensure that the personnel of the NAF remain in the best physical and mental condition to carry out their very crucial responsibility of defending the nation’s territorial integrity, was timely and a welcome development.
The governor appreciated the wonderful partnership/cooperation with security agencies in the state, adding that it has been largely responsible for the state’s enviable status as one of the safest and most secure states in the country.
Gov. Ugwuanyi, therefore, applauded the Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal S.B Abubakar for sustaining the annual exercise and the laudable role of the NAF in combating insurgency and other security challenges in different parts of the country.
He also thanked and reassured the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command, NAF, Enugu, Air Vice Marshal Idi Amin, of the state government’s continued support and assistance towards the success of the Command in particular and the Nigerian Air Force in general.
Responding, the Command thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi and other invited guests, for their solidarity and active participation at the event, maintaining that “the event is aimed at testing the physical fitness as well as combat readiness of NAF personnel to ensure their readiness towards confronting the security challenges of our country”.
Other dignitaries at the event include the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Suleiman Balarabe and State Director, Department of State Services (DSS), Abinbola Linkinyo, etc.