To forestall further attacks on police stations and personnel, the Abia State government has pledged to assist the police to arrest the ugly incidents of the vicious attacks on them in the state.
It said in Umuahia on Tuesday that the government will not rest on its oars until those behind the Apumirri Ubakala Police Station and indeed other police stations in the state are arrested and made to face the full weight of the law.
The Abia State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, who disclosed this in a Radio Programme in Umuahia, stated that the government is working with security agencies in the state to nip in the bud the ugly incidents of attacks on police stations and personnel, even as he emphasised that the government has made elaborate plans to safeguard the residents of Abia State.
He spoke against the backdrop of the State Security meeting that was held in Aba on Monday. He announced that the government will soon host Stakeholders’ Security meeting in the state, reiterating that retired top security personnel from the state will be part of the Stakeholder’s Security meeting.
The aim of the Town Hall meeting, he explained, will be to sensitise the people on the current security challenges as well as map out strategies for the success of the Ebubeagu security outfit in Abia State.
On the law backing Ebubeagu, the commissioner explained that the Attorney Generals and Commissioners for Justice in the five south eastern states have been meeting to provide legal framework for Ebubeagu, adding that the security outfit will not commence operation until the law backing its operation is ready.
Okiyi Kalu, however, stated that before the south east governors announced the establishment of Ebubeagu, the five south east states have had their individual security units in their various states to protect lives and property and that Ebubeagu as currently in place, will serve as an umbrella body that will galvanise and harness their operations in order to maintain adequate security in the region.
For instance, he submitted, Abia state has a Homeland Security unit that ensures the maintenance of internal security in the state, stressing that any new recruit for Ebubeagu will migrate into the Homeland security outfit.
On the mode of recruitment for Ebubeagu, the Abia Information Commissioner revealed that able bodied young men and women from the community, ward, local government area levels will be recruited as members of Ebubeagu operatives and that its operational equipment would be worked out during the oncoming Town Hall meeting.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.