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Insecurity: Abia Assembly Blows Hot, Calls Out Security Agencies

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Udemba Asika

Abia State House of Assembly has expressed anger over the spate of insecurity in the state, calling on heads of the State’s security agencies to expedite actions in tackling the issues.

Recall that the Assembly had in a resolution last week invited heads of all the security agencies in the state to an interactive session on the security challenges in the state with a view to finding a lasting solution to them.

The legislators urged the security operatives to ensure the implementation of the Law on Control of Nomadic Cattle Rearing and Prohibition of Grazing Routes and Reserves of 2018 as a way to mitigate the orgy of insecurity.

Fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the interactive session with the heads of security agencies at the Assembly Complex on Monday, Deputy Speaker of the House and Chairman House Committee on Information, Rt Hon. Ifeanyi Uchendu reiterated that while the state is not against any law-abiding individual carrying out their lawful activities in the state, the 7th Abia House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt Hon. Engr. Chinedum Orji will not support the situation where some people will under any guise pose a threat to the lives and or property of others.

On behalf of the Assembly, Rt Hon. Uchendu assured the State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu and the security operatives in the state of doing all within their powers to support them to succeed. He warned all criminal elements and troublemakers in the state to desist from their nefarious activities or leave the state as the state would no longer tolerate anyone who poses a security threat to Abians and others living in the state

The Deputy Speaker called on the herders to resist the temptation of unnecessary encroachment and flouting existing laws while appealing to the farming communities not to take laws into their hands as the interactive session with heads of the security operatives is part of strategies aimed at arresting incessant clashes.

He stressed the need for people to get themselves properly acquainted with the laws including that of the Control of Nomadic Cattle Rearing and Prohibition of Grazing Routes and Reserves which was passed by the House in 2018 and assented to by the Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, and strive to keep by them adding that nobody has the right to take the life of others or destroy their property. Rt Hon. Uchendu said they have also interacted with the heads of the security operatives and have taken note of their remarks.

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