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S-East govs, security chiefs meet over rising crime wave

By Tony Edike
WORRIED by the increasing wave of armed robbery and kidnapping, which has seriously threatened the economy of the South Eastern states of the country, Governors and security chiefs in the zone yesterday, met in Enugu to seek ways of tackling the ugly development.

Present at the meeting held at the Government House, Enugu were the Chairman of South East Governor’s Forum and Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Governor Theodore Orji and the host, Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State as well as the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Chigozie Ogbu. Governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State was absent.

Also present were Commissioners of Police, Directors of State Security Service (SSS) from the five states, representatives of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp and some prominent traditional rulers from the zone.

The meeting which was held behind closed doors lasted for about two hours but no communiqué was issued.

Enugu State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Chuks Ugwoke, who briefed reporters on the outcome of the meeting said it was summoned principally to look at the threatening security problem in the zone, adding that the security chiefs were asked to go back to their states and re-strategize on the possible ways of checking criminal activities in their respective states and report back next Sunday.

He said that another meeting would be convened next Sunday, after which a definite position would be taken on the issue.

Governor Obi declined comments on their deliberations when approached by reporters at the end of the meeting as he simply asked the newsmen to wait till Sunday.


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