Reporter : ONYINYE CHIJIOBI
Traditional rulers and youth leaders have been tasked to assist the government and law enforcement agencies in protecting public infrastructure within their jurisdictions.
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State gave the charge when the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in-charge of South East, Mr. Celestine OKOYE; Assistant Inspector General (AIG) zone 13, Mr. Danmallam Mohammed; and the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. John Abang, paid him a visit, following attacks on some government property, including police stations.
Governor Obiano, who lamented that hoodlums had hijacked the peaceful protest by the youths in the state, said he learnt that over 85 percent of the invaders came from neighbouring state.
While appreciating traditional rulers, youth leaders and the vigilance groups for assisting the police in ensuring that more police stations were not burnt down, the Governor charged them to sustain the tempo.
He announced that government was collaborating with all the security agencies to surmount the present security breaches.
The Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Mr. Celestine Okoye, had earlier expressed regret on the magnitude of destruction to public institutions and property by the hoodlums and urged the angry youth to give government a chance to address their grievances.
The DIG also charged youths to realize that the property being destroyed were owned by all Nigerians.
The DIG advised youths to discontinue with the destruction of legacy projects bequeathed to the current generation by the founding fathers of the nation.