EBONYI State Governor David Umahi yesterday called for establishment of state police towards assisting the Federal Government in fighting increasing rate of crimes in the country.
He spoke when the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrhaman Dambazau, paid him a courtesy call in Government House, Abakaliki.
This, would be the first time Governor Umahi is making his view public on the recent growing call for state Police in the country.
Umahi said creation of state police would assist the existing security agencies to curb security issues such as boundary crises and herdsmen and farmers clashes in the country.
He was speaking on the sideline of the Minister’s visit to the state to ascertain the nature of the boundary crisis between the border communities of Ebonyi state and their Cross River counterpart.
“We need state police. This will solve a lot of problems. We, in Ebonyi state are in support of state police”‘ Umahi said.
The Governor thanked President Muhammad Buhari for his quick intervention on the boundary crisis
On the boundary crisis between the border communities of Ebonyi state and their neighboring Cross River state, he said: “The crisis, I was told is over 100years back, and I believe that every problem comes with it seed of solutions. Leaders are appointed by God for different purposes and I believe that we leaders have been appointed to secure the lives of defenceless women and children that are being slaughtered along those borders.
“Our confidence in this movement is that we have made so much efforts to get the government of cross river to talk to us because I believe strongly that God brought me to leadership to bring peace to those areas but it takes two hand to clap. So we will be asking you(referring to the Minister) to get the second hand (referring to Cross River state government) so that we can clap for this problem to be solve.
Speaking, the minister said the internal security and public safety are the core mandate of his office which was why he decided to visit the two states to ensure there is end to the crisis.
He added that as a member of National food Security council, it was also an added responsibility to look into any matter such as the boundary crisis that could hamper farming which Ebonyi is known for.
“Mine is to ensure that we find lasting solution to the problem because this is the problem that affects the common man, affects people in the rural communities who depend on farming to survive. This is a problem that has caused loss of lives and destruction of properties. This is a problem that impacts on food security.
The lost of lives and destruction of properties cannot be taken for granted. So, ours is to see how this problem could be solve because our visit is not to apportion blame but to ensure that every problem by the grace of God has a solution and we cannot lay our hands on that solutions unless we sit down and talk and identify all the factors in order to arrive at sound conclusion”, Dambazau said ..
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