Reporter : ONYINYE CHIJIOBI
Governor Willie Obiano has condemned in strong terms the spate of insecurity in some parts of Anambra State and continued killings targeted at security personnel working in the area.
Governor Obiano, who made the condemnination in a statewide broadcast in his country house Aguleri, said that the spate of killing and crime portend grave danger for the peace and security his government had worked so hard to entrench.
The Governor urged stakeholders at all levels of society to call for a stoppage of all forms of aggression against the police and security agencies in Anambra State, saying that his administration remained committed to the safety of all living and doing business in the State.
On the isuofia killing, Governor Obiano explained that he chose this moment to address the State since the unfortunate incident on the 31st of March where in a town hall meeting involving Prof Charles Soludo and youths of the town was disrupted by armed men, killing three policemen.
He said that the gunmen also abducted the State Commissioner for Public Utilities, Mr. Emeka Ezenwanne, who was later released unhurt.
Governor Obiano, however, noted that one of the attackers was gunned down while five others had been arrested by the security agencies.
“I have been fully briefed by the security agencies and I wish to reassure the public that the police and relevant agencies are continuing investigations into the Isuofia incident and will not relent until the perpetrators are brought to book.
“Also, as politics and its activities manifest in our state in the months ahead, let me urge all actors and participants to eschew violence and be mature in all dealings. Our State is on a consistent rise to greatness and we all have a duty to ensure it doesn’t derail as a result of political bitterness,” Governor Obiano said.
Governor Obiano thanked all the security agencies and other critical stakeholders for seeing to the release of the Commissioner.
“Since the incident and in our usual characteristics, the state security architecture had exerted an extensive effort to ensure the safety of the Commissioner, who eventually returned home in the early hours of today, 4th April 2021”
“To the family of the Hon. Commissioner, nuclear and extended, the Soludo family and all friends, who faced the trauma of not knowing his fate these past few days, I ask that we be grateful to God for the Easter gift of his safe return”
The Governor who commiserated with the families of the dead policemen, prayed for the repose of their souls.
“To the families of the slain Police officers, my heart once again, goes out to you. I share in your grief and mourn with you. While I pray for the repose of the souls of the deceased, please be assured that the State Government will not abandon you.”
He called on the police, military and other security agencies in the state to continue to do their duties exceptionally, professionally and in line with the law.
The Governor also wished Nigerians a peaceful Easter celebration.