Why Security Is Top Priority In Abia – Governor Ikpeazu’s Aide
Chief Jude Udeachara, Special Adviser to Abia State Governor on Trade and Commerce, has revealed that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu placed high priority on security to make the state a safe haven for investment.
Udeachara who made the revelation during the inauguration of Uturu Vigilante Squad for Uturu Community in Isuikwuato Local Government Area of the State maintained further that investors would not invest in an unsafe environment which accounts for the state government’s launch of a Security Fund recently.
He said with the launch of the security fund, the state can then further compliment the effort of security agencies by providing them with necessary modern gadgets to meet up with the challenges of effectively securing the state against heinous crimes.
Udeachara then commended security agencies in the state for their feat in crime fighting and prevention while reminding members of the community vigilante squad that the essence of their inauguration was to protect lives and property, the growing investment within the area, which include the state- owned, and private universities as well as a privately-owned industrial cluster.
He advised youths in the state that still engage in criminal activities to quit from the infamous trade, as the state is an unsafe haven to any criminal while challenged them to embrace Governor Ikpeazu’s Skill acquisition programmes.
Speaking after inauguration of the vigilante squad, the Area Commander of the Nigeria Police for Ohafia Area Command, Assistant Commissioner of Police John Akuche reminded members of the vigilante squad that they were by law forbidden to carry prohibited arms or keep a detention camp.
ACP Akuche disclosed that their duties include assisting the Police and other security agencies in maintaining security within their community while advising them to hand over any suspect they arrest in the course of their duties to the Police for proper investigation and prosecution.
Akuche said, “I want to remind you that the job that you have volunteered to do is enormous. That you have volunteered to do this job means that you are not hoping on your President General to pay you anything at the end of the day. You have come to help the police to fight crime.
He harped on the need for the police not to relax since the vigilante has been formed, rather to constantly monitor the vigilante squad so that they will not make the mistake of leaving the security of the community in the hands of criminals.
Also in his charge to the Vigilante squad, one of the royal monarchs in Uturu community, Eze Cletus Uwadiegwu, appealed to the Inspector General of Police to have a rethink on his directives to disarm vigilante groups in the country, arguing that the directive is not for the interest of Nigeria owing to the spate of insecurity in the country.
Eze Uwadiegwu wondered how various communities would face their enemies in view of security situation the country is passing through and passionately appealed to the IGP to reconsider his directives.
Earlier in his speech, Gerry Azuma, the Chairman of the occasion, counseled members of the vigilante squad not to cover crimes no matter who is involved and know the people they associate with.
In an address, Hon. Emmanuel Akaeme, the President General Uturu Development Association (UDA), assured the communities that the squad would work in synergy with the Police to maintain Security and Peace within the Area.