Posted by News Express | 2 September 2020 | 1,365 times
By CHARLES IWUOHA
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Tuesday, rose from an emergency Security Council Meeting with all the heads of security agencies in the state, reiterating his commitment to unravel the causes of the civil disturbances of August 23, 2020, as well as put further machinery in motion to forestall future re-occurrence.
Addressing newsmen after the meeting which took place at the Executive Chambers of the Lion Building, Government House, Enugu, Ugwuanyi expressed sadness over the loss of lives during the untoward events.
The Governor said that “as the Chief Security Officer of the state, I am at all times committed to doing all within my powers, to ensure the security of lives and property in Enugu State.”
He added that “following the emergency Security Council Meeting, it has become necessary to give those responsible for getting to the root of these unfortunate developments a little more time to complete their work.
“The events of the August 23, 2020 which culminated in the loss of lives of members of Nigerian security agencies and residents of Enugu State as well as recent reports of attacks on Railway Police Station, Ogui, on August 28, 2020 and Unity Police Station, Abakpa, on August 30, 2020 where weapons were reportedly carted away, have been matters of great concern to me.”
The Governor therefore asked those in custody of weapons snatched from security agents to return them to the agencies or the nearest traditional ruler who will return same to the appropriate security agency.
Ugwuanyi appealed for calm and understanding of all concerned “as we work together to sustain the long existing and cherished peace in Enugu State.” He disclosed that the State Security Council in the meeting approved the immediate joint patrol by all security agencies and a meeting with traditional rulers, religious and opinion leaders to hold on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at the Government House, Enugu.
News Express reports that the Governor, in the wake of the civil disturbances in the state, summoned an emergency state Security Council meeting for September 1, 2020, where "all security agencies in the state are expected to brief the Governor, fully, on the immediate and remote causes of the clashes, as well as advance measures to avert such occurrences in the future.”
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