REPORTER: CHINAZO ILECHUKWU
Youths in Imo State have been urged to remain peaceful and law abiding to ensure smooth conduct of the forthcoming governorship election in the area.
The Commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) Imo State Command, Mr. Mathew Ovye, gave the charge in Owerri during a programme organized by the command to commemorate the 2023 International Day of Peace.
He noted that no meaningful development would be achieved in an atmosphere devoid of peace.
He stated that the corps would continue to collaborate with other stakeholders in peace building to ensure a just society.
Mr. Ovye explained that the Command under his watch placed premium on alternative dispute resolution.
He noted that protection of human rights, gender equality and protection of critical national infrastructure would continue to receive priority.
The Director-General Bureau for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Imo State, Ambassador Peter Ohagwa, expressed regret that insecurity had continued to cripple the economy of the south east zone and appealed to the federal and state governments to intensify efforts in restoring peace in the zone.
The Commissioner of Police Imo State Command, Mr. Mohammed Barde, in a message, reiterated the commitment of the force to ensure that law abiding citizens go about their businesses without any form of intimidation.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU