ABIA State Governor Okezie lkpeazu has enjoined security agencies to help enforce the Anti- Grazing Law enacted by the state government to reduce the issues of farmers/ herders clashes and other criminalities.
The governor made the call on Monday, while flagging off the sensitisation workshop against criminal activities in Abia State communities, held at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia.
He also called on civil societies and critical stakeholders to assist government in the fight against crime in the state by reporting drug peddlers and consumers to law enforcement agents as most crimes are committed under the influence of drugs.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Dr. Ude Oko Chukwu also urged traditional rulers and opinion leaders to be conscious of their environs, while people should furnish security personnel with relevant information and intelligence reports on happenings in their neighbourhood and likely flashpoints, assuring them of their protection and confidentiality.
He reaffirmed that they have done their modest contributions to assist security agencies by providing them with vehicles and other logistics to ensure that Abia remain safe and warned against people flaunting their wealth and where about on the social media.
The state chief executive also urged youths not to take laws into their hands over the marginalisation of the South East and various boundary issues as dialogue remains the only solution to avert clashes.
In his keynote address, the coordinator of the workshop and Chief of Staff to the Abia Governor, Dr ACB Agbazuere said the essence of the workshop was to consolidate Abia’s status as a peaceful state, create awareness on dangers of crime, identify flashpoints and re-orientate the mindsets of youths against mad pursuits of wealth.
In their various presentations, the Commissioner of Police, Mrs Janet Agbade, the State Director of State Security, represented by the Director Operations, Mr Etuk Ekpenyong and the representative of the Commandant 14 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ohafia, Brigadier General OB Olayiwola said security should be a collective responsibility of all, called for restrategisation to curb criminality and commended the governor for organising the workshop and for enacting laws against criminality in the state and supporting security agencies to discharge their duties.
Also speaking, the Chairman of Umuahia North LGA, Chief Ugochukwu Ejinkonye and the Chairman, Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Ndubuisi Nwabeke said the lgbo tradition abhored criminality of any kind and stressed the need for all to be security conscious as no meaningful development thrive in an atmosphere of insecurity and and criminality.
The sensitisation workshop, which featured questions and feedbacks from the audience attracted the presence of the Secretary to the State Govt, Mr Chris Ezem, the Commissioner for Information, Chief Okiyi Kalu, top government officials, local government chairmen, traditional rulers, service commanders and stakeholders on security matters.