By Tony Edike
Enugu-Â GovernorsÂ of South East and South South zones, yesterday raised alarm over the increase in violent crime in theirÂ respective states, saying the development was slowing down economic activities in the zones.
The Governors spoke in Enugu during a two day security summit organised by the 82 Division of Nigeria Army, Enugu to seekÂ ways to check crime in the two zones. The summit was called to find lasting solutions to the upsurge in violent crime such as kidnapping, armed robbery, vandalism and inter-communal crisis in the area.
In their separate speeches, Governors Theodore Orji (Abia), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Peter Obi (Anambra), Martin Elechi (Ebonyi) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), noted that the level of insecurity in the zones has seriously threatened the atmosphere for economic growth.
The Governors said without adequate security, the development and economic growth in the entire South East and South South zones would be a mirage.
They reiterated their readiness to always provide logistics that would assist police and other security agencies in the battle against criminals.
The Governors further charged security agencies in the country to as a matter of urgency, fashion out strategies that would restore the confidence of the populace.