Enugu Killings: State Security Council approves joint patrol, stakeholders parley

From CHUKS EZE, Enugu

The Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has vowed that his administration must unravel the immediate and remote causes of the August 23, civil disturbance in the state which na uncertain number of youths and security agents were killed.

Ugwuanyi made the pronouncement at the end of an emergency security council meeting on Tuesday, while addressing journalists at the Government House.

The governor promised to put every machinery in motion to forestall possible reoccurrence.

He said: “As the Chief Security Officer (CSO) 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.

“Iit has become necessary to give those responsible for getting to the root of these recent unfortunate developments a little more time to complete their work. 

“The events of August 23, 2020, which culminated in the loss of lives of members of security agencies and residents of the State, as well as the recent reports of attacks on the Railway Police Station, Ogui, on August 28, 2020; and the attack on Unity Police Station, Abakpa, on August 30, 2020, where weapons were reportedly carted away, have been matters of great concern to me,” Ugwuanyi noted.

He urged those in custody of the snatched weapons to return them to the agencies or the nearest traditional ruler who will return same to the appropriate security agency.

The governor appealed for calm and understanding of all concerned, adding that,  “as we continue to work together to sustain the long existing and cherished peace in Enugu.

“The Council approved a joint patrol by all security agencies and a meeting with traditional rulers, religious and opinion leaders for September 3, 2020, at the Government House, Enugu,” he said.

The governor had summoned the meeting Tuesday in the wake of the civil disturbances in the state. The emergency meeting was to get the updates from all security agencies in the state.

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