In a desperate effort towards curbing the escalating insecurity in Enugu State and its environs, governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, over the weekend, literally entered the little lions’ den, inspecting the alleged tracks of bandits.
The Governor came to Awgu LGA to assess the security infrastructure he has put in place to deal with recent cases of kidnapping and the murder of a Catholic priest which happened within the Ogbaku-Ihe-Agbudu-IsuAwaa axis in the Local Government.
He inspected a new army post being constructed at the Ihe side of Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, and was taken further down to Ogbaku from where the bandits usually make their escape through a Cave to Amurri in Nkanu LGA. The Governor also went through Ihe to the site where the Rev. Father was murdered along the Ihe-Agbudu Road. At Agbudu Town, another escape route from this axis (bursting out at Udi) was also shown to him.
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A crack team of special police from the office of the Inspector General in Abuja, working with a small military unit on special duty, are now operating along the routes with strict instructions to “deal ruthlessly” with anyone attempting to rob or kidnap along the Enugu State stretch of the expressway and its environs. The Governor immediately directed that all tunnels be demolished and all escape routes sealed off, in addition to the on-going clearing of forests along the Expressway.
At the meeting of Awgu stakeholders, held just before Ugwuanyi’s arrival, the message from the Governor on local collaboration was warmly received. The Governor approved additional hands to join the local vigilante (20 extra per community). They will not only assist the law enforcement agents but also contain security issues that are within their capacity to deal with in their various villages. This will be in addition to the earlier published and ongoing recruitment of forest guards.
Former State Commissioner for Information, Ogbuagu Anikwe, who witnessed the Governor’s visit said, “I confess that I began to breathe a sigh of relief after listening to him, knowing that this black spot, which has unfairly portrayed the security image of Enugu in poor light, is about to be cleaned out in a decisive and resolute manner.”
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