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Governor Ugwuanyi of Enugu State vows to Hunt Killers of Catholic Priest

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Governor Ugwuanyi of Enugu State vows to Hunt Killers of Catholic Priest
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Governor Ugwuanyi of Enugu State vows to Hunt Killers of Catholic Priest

Governor Ugwuanyi of Enugu State vows to Hunt Killers of Catholic Priest

 

Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, officials of security agencies, religious leaders and other relevant actors in the state, spoke after an emergency meeting held at the Government House in Enugu, condemning in its entirety the assassination of the priest of the parish of St. James, The Greater, Ugbawka in East Nkanu, state local government area, the Rev.Fr Paul Offu.
 
According to reports, the priest was shot dead along the Ihe-Agbudu road in the Awgu Local Government Area, but the hoodlums are yet to be identified.
 
Governor Ugwuanyi after receiving the sad news of the incident convened an emergency security meeting at Government House in Enugu, attended by all state security agencies, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma of the province Ecclesiastical Church of Enugu (Anglican Communion), representative of the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Enugu, Rev. Dr. Nnamdi Nwankwo, among others.
 
Suleiman Balarabe, a state commissioner for the police, told reporters that they had “totally condemned this despicable act and we all prayed for his soul to rest in peace,” adding that the governor had charged the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous act.
 
Balarabe revealed that the state government had decided to implement aerial surveillance in all areas affected by flash points, noting that the exercise would begin Monday, August 5.
 
The police commissioner added that the meeting had decided that the security architecture of the affected areas would be reviewed with immediate effect.
 
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He said that the meeting had observed with deep concern the proliferation of dangerous weapons in the state, indicating that the holders of illegal weapons had three days to submit them to the police “, after which anyone found with illegal weapons would be treated in accordance with the law. “
 
Balarabe revealed that, in accordance with the outcome of the recent Southeast Governors Forum meeting, the Enugu State Government decided at the emergency meeting to employ the Forest Guards and to equally strengthen the services of the Neighborhood Watch Groups of the State.
 
In his statement, Archbishop Chukwuma expressed his condolences to the Catholic Church for this sad incident and called on the Inspector General of Police to increase the number of police officers in the state, saying they “are inadequate” .
 
The Archbishop insisted that “Enugu State is safe for all,” emphasizing, “We are very supportive of the Enugu State Government and we applaud the efforts of the Governor and state government to ensure that property is secure in Enugu State “
 
According to him, “we are not afraid and no one should think that he can bring Enugu State into a state of violence or insecurity”.
 
Congratulating Governor Ugwuanyi on his prompt convening of the meeting, Archbishop Chukwuma said, “I think the governor and the security agencies are ensuring that anyone who attacks priests or human beings again in ‘Enugu State will have himself to blame.
 
Speaking on behalf of the Catholic Church, Reverend p. Nwankwo said, “The Enugu Catholic Diocese wishes to thank Governor Ugwuanyi for his quick response to this sad incident in the state.”
 
The priest said that “some people are trying to sabotage the efforts of the state government and the popular saying, which is true, that Enugu is safe in the hands of God.
 
His words: “We came here to talk to the governor and the state security agencies and I am very impressed by the results of this meeting on security and by all the resolutions taken.
 
“I am particularly interested in the fact that Miyetti Allah and other northern groups are helping the governor with security issues and discussions. I am particularly impressed. However, we ask them to do more, because we do not want to live in fear.
 
“So, we thank everyone, we especially thank the governor. We know what passing through, we know the pressure and this state is the ideal state for peace throughout the nation. We encourage him not to be distracted, to give up, or to give up his efforts.
 
Instead, let these things encourage him to work harder. He is the father of the state and gave some guidelines today. I am impressed and God bless our governor.
 
Earlier, Enugu state government had expressed its condolences to the family of the late Reverend p. Offu and the entire Catholic diocese of Enugu about the painful death.
 
Simon Ortuanya, secretary of the state government, said the death of the priest “represents another deplorable manifestation of security problems throughout the country – East, West, North and South.
 
In its statement, the state government convened a crucial meeting of all local self-defense groups and Neigbourhood Watch with the governor at Government House, Enugu, on August 5 at 1 pm.
 
He also informed the public of air surveillance planned by the Nigerian Air Force along the Aghe-Aggou, Awgu, Aninri, and the Nkanu-East local government areas and urged the citizens not to panic during the exercise.
 
Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, officials of security agencies, religious leaders and other relevant actors in the state, spoke after an emergency meeting held at the Government House in Enugu, condemning in its entirety the assassination of the priest of the parish of St. James, The Greater, Ugbawka in East Nkanu, state local government area, the Rev.Fr Paul Offu.
 
According to reports, the priest was shot dead along the Ihe-Agbudu road in the Awgu Local Government Area, but the hoodlums are yet to be identified.
 
Governor Ugwuanyi after receiving the sad news of the incident convened an emergency security meeting at Government House in Enugu, attended by all state security agencies, Archbishop Emmanuel Chukwuma of the province Ecclesiastical Church of Enugu (Anglican Communion), representative of the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Enugu, Rev. Dr. Nnamdi Nwankwo, among others.
Suleiman Balarabe, a state commissioner for the police, told reporters that they had “totally condemned this despicable act and we all prayed for his soul to rest in peace,” adding that the governor had charged the security agencies to fish out the perpetrators of the heinous act.
Balarabe revealed that the state government had decided to implement aerial surveillance in all areas affected by flash points, noting that the exercise would begin Monday, August 5.
The police commissioner added that the meeting had decided that the security architecture of the affected areas would be reviewed with immediate effect.
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He said that the meeting had observed with deep concern the proliferation of dangerous weapons in the state, indicating that the holders of illegal weapons had three days to submit them to the police “, after which anyone found with illegal weapons would be treated in accordance with the law. “
Balarabe revealed that, in accordance with the outcome of the recent Southeast Governors Forum meeting, the Enugu State Government decided at the emergency meeting to employ the Forest Guards and to equally strengthen the services of the Neighborhood Watch Groups of the State.
 
In his statement, Archbishop Chukwuma expressed his condolences to the Catholic Church for this sad incident and called on the Inspector General of Police to increase the number of police officers in the state, saying they “are inadequate” .
The Archbishop insisted that “Enugu State is safe for all,” emphasizing, “We are very supportive of the Enugu State Government and we applaud the efforts of the Governor and state government to ensure that property is secure in Enugu State “
According to him, “we are not afraid and no one should think that he can bring Enugu State into a state of violence or insecurity”.
Congratulating Governor Ugwuanyi on his prompt convening of the meeting, Archbishop Chukwuma said, “I think the governor and the security agencies are ensuring that anyone who attacks priests or human beings again in ‘Enugu State will have himself to blame.
 
Speaking on behalf of the Catholic Church, Reverend p. Nwankwo said, “The Enugu Catholic Diocese wishes to thank Governor Ugwuanyi for his quick response to this sad incident in the state.”
 
The priest said that “some people are trying to sabotage the efforts of the state government and the popular saying, which is true, that Enugu is safe in the hands of God.
 
His words: “We came here to talk to the governor and the state security agencies and I am very impressed by the results of this meeting on security and by all the resolutions taken.
 
“I am particularly interested in the fact that Miyetti Allah and other northern groups are helping the governor with security issues and discussions. I am particularly impressed. However, we ask them to do more, because we do not want to live in fear.
 
“So, we thank everyone, we especially thank the governor. We know what passing through, we know the pressure and this state is the ideal state for peace throughout the nation. We encourage him not to be distracted, to give up, or to give up his efforts.
 
Instead, let these things encourage him to work harder. He is the father of the state and gave some guidelines today. I am impressed and God bless our governor.
Earlier, Enugu state government had expressed its condolences to the family of the late Reverend p. Offu and the entire Catholic diocese of Enugu about the painful death.
Simon Ortuanya, secretary of the state government, said the death of the priest “represents another deplorable manifestation of security problems throughout the country – East, West, North and South.
In its statement, the state government convened a crucial meeting of all local self-defense groups and Neigbourhood Watch with the governor at Government House, Enugu, on August 5 at 1 pm.
He also informed the public of air surveillance planned by the Nigerian Air Force along the Aghe-Aggou, Awgu, Aninri, and the Nkanu-East local government areas and urged the citizens not to panic during the exercise.
 
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