Uzodimma assures Muslims of adequate security, partnership with Christians in Imo
• CP reads riot act to new special squad
• Assembly proposes bill to back security outfit
Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma, at the weekend, promised Muslim faithful in the state of adequate security, stressing that the state is safe to live in.
Uzodimma, who spoke when he hosted the leadership and representatives of Muslim faithful in the state at the Government House, Owerri, said that a new vista had been created for such synergy, calling for sustenance in sharing of ideas by both religions.
He urged residents of the state to imbibe the spirit of co-existence and love for one another, stressing: “In spite of the challenges of the past one year, we are all alive today to celebrate the Eid-el-Fitri.”
The governor said that the invitation of Muslims to the banquet was to reassure them of their security.
“There will be no more violence in Imo State.
“It is only the bandits that are enemies of the security agencies hence wherever they are found, they will not be spared.”
The Chief Imam of Imo State, Suleman Njoku, said that the celebration was a “time to remember the orphans, widows, less privileged and the needy in the society as well as a time for everyone to live a righteous life and ask for forgiveness from the Creator.”
In his vote of thanks, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro, also expressed appreciation to the governor for the banquet, which gave the opportunity to dialogue.
In another development, the CP has charged officers of the newly-launched security outfit in the state, Operation Search and Flush, to be diligent, professional and tactical in the discharge of their duties.
He said that the state government would not condole any act of misconduct, corruption and actions capable of hampering efforts aimed at restoring peace, law and order in the state.
Yaro, who stated this during the launch of the special squad at the Command Headquarters, Owerri, at the weekend, insisted that the current security challenges in the state demand proactive, selfless and collective approach to tackle.
According to him, the police and other security personnel must not be found wanting in their individual and collective roles of protecting lives and property.
He also urged them to be conscious, timely and bold in the use of fire-arms, stressing that their mandate was sacred and sacrosanct.
MEANWHILE, in a bid to complement the efforts aimed at tackling insecurity in the state, the state House of Assembly has proposed a bill to back the establishment of the new security outfit in the state.
Deputy Majority Leader and member, representing Ehime-Mbano State Constituency, Emeka Nduka, while presenting the bill, bemoaned the recent security challenges in the state and stressed the need to reinforce the existing security measures to curb crimes and criminality in the state.
He said that the bill, when passed into law, would help to restore sanity, law and order in the state and urged his colleagues to give support for the passage of the bill.
The Speaker, Paul Emeziem, described the bill as apt, a necessity and in the interest of the state. catho
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