Ugwuanyi orders demolition of caves in Awgu forests, other kidnappers’ hideouts
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state has visited the UmuogbuaIhe tunnel along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway by Awgu local government area, which serves as a hideout and escape route for kidnappers operating in the area. Governor Ugwuanyi also visited the Ihe-Agbogugu-Ogbaku-Amurri and Isu-Awaa-Agbudu forests in the same local government area, ordering the immediate demolition of Agbogugu and Isu-Awaa-Agbudu caves to enhance the security of the areas. The governor equally inspected the ongoing construction of a military base along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway by UmuogbuaIhe, Awgu local government area and further directed that the bushes around the tunnel/kidnappers’ den should be cleared immediately. Governor Ugwuanyi, who was taken round the locations by the chairman of Awgu local government area, Hon. Stanley Okeke, members representing Awgu North and South state constituencies, Hon. Mrs. Jane Eneh and Hon.
Johnson Chukwuobasi, respectively, and other stakeholders of the council, disclosed that a joint security patrol team would commence an extensive surveillance of the affected areas to ensure maximum security and strict compliance with the directives. This development might not be unconnected with the growing insecurity in the state. It would be recalled that armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on August 1, killed Fr. Paul Offu of the Enugu Catholic diocese. This was coming after the killing of Fr. Clement Ugwu by suspected gunmen in March at his parish in Ezeagu local government area of the state.