Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Tuesday, swore in four new members of the State Security Council, charging the council to address without delay the resurgence of violent crimes in the state.
The new members of the council include: Col. Osa Omoregbe, the Garrison Commander 82 Division Nigerian Army, Air Commodore Emmanuel Festus Golit, the Commander 337 Base Services Group, Nigerian Airforce, Enugu, Mr. Abdul Malik, the Director of Security, State Security Services, Enugu and Mr. Lar Stephen Zwali, the State Commander, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Enugu.
The governor, underscoring the need to beef up security in the state, in a speech after the swearing-in ceremony, at the Government House, Enugu, noted that recent media reports have shown that the incidence of violent crimes has been on the increase in both the rural and urban areas of the state.
“I however hasten to say that much as the state’s rating in the area of security remains enviably and comparatively high, I am certain that from recent media reports you would have observed that the incidences of such violent crimes as kidnapping, ritual killings, cultism and armed robbery has been on the increase in both the rural and urban areas of the state,” said the governor.
The state’s chief executive said that he summoned the council meeting for the discussion on the undesirable development with a view to coming up with a plan of action and identify the necessary measures that would help address the situation promptly, effectively and satisfactorily.
The governor assured the security agents of the state government commitment to provide the assistance and support that may be required in discharging their duties successfully.
Governor Ugwuanyi commended the Nigerian Armed Forces for the successes they have continued to record in their determined efforts to end the insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country and generally making Nigeria a safe place for all to live.