By Chinasa Ogbonna
The new Imo State commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) Mr. Stephen Lar last week paid a courtesy call on the Imo State Governor, Rochas Anayo Okorocha, where the governor urged the security agencies to step up to ensure the security of lives and property of Nigerian citizens.
The governor challenged the Imo NSCDC boss to take action against vandalisation of oil pipelines and crude oil theft which he lamented had become rampart now.
On the recent attacks by herdsmen, Governor Okorocha counseled that the matter be dealt with without tribal, religious and party sentiments as he called for peace and unity among Nigerians.
Governor Okorocha assured the new commandant of his government’s plan to find site for their zonal office very soon, pointing out that the Imo State government has worked harmoniously with the body.
The new commandant who explained that he was in the Government House Owerri to familiarize himself with the governor added that he had been briefed by his predecessor on how supportive the Imo State government has been to the command, promising to contribute meaningfully to the safety and security of the people of the state.
In another development, Governor Okorocha, in his capacity as the chairman of APC Governors’ Forum recently led a delegation of some APC governors to Enugu state to commiserate with the governor and people of Enugu state on the killing of over 20 members of Ukpabi Nimbo community in Uzo-Gwani local government by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Governor Okorocha roundly condemned the killings, describing the perpetrators as criminals that must be fished out by the security agencies and made to face the music.
He contended that there is a tendency among Nigerians to trivialize issues by associating them with tribe, religion or parties.
In his words, “we should deal with criminals no matter their religion or tribe and avoid attaching sentiments”.
He then promised that the APC governors would liaise with the federal government to ensure that such a killing would not happen in the country again.