ABUJAâ€”ProminentÂ Senator of theÂ South East, Senator Annie Okonkwo from Anambra Central, has called on the Inspector General of Police, the State SecurityÂ Service, the Governors of the zone as the chief security officersÂ in their states, to rise to the challenge ofÂ the rampant kidnappings, armed robberies, andÂ wicked assassins that prowlÂ the states unimpeded.
He also tasked all the security agencies in the country to evolve strategies to restore security confidence in the South Easterners, as they prepare to travel back home for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Senator Okonkwo made this call inÂ Abuja while receiving aÂ delegation ofÂ eminent Igbo sonsÂ resident in there.
He noted that,Â it had become a matter of grave national concern, that a hitherto adventurous race as the Igbo, areÂ deprived of the unique andÂ special joy the home coming for Christmas andÂ New Year offers,Â because ofÂ scary multipleÂ threats to their lives.
The Senator, however, charged the citizens of the zone in the country and in the Diaspora not to succumb to the, “blackmailÂ of thisÂ condemnableÂ atrocities,”but urged them to sustain courageÂ in adversity, and return home en masse to be part of theÂ transformative developmentsÂ in their communities.
Senator OkonkwoÂ Â emphasised that the cultural bondingÂ which these festivitiesÂ offer his peopleÂ “bears directÂ impetus on developmental initiatives in the region.”