Improved Security Is Main Reason for Surge in Multinational Companies, Embassies Setting Up Offices in Abia

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The Chief of Staff to the Abia State Governor, Pastor Caleb Ajagba, has credited the recent surge in multinational companies and embassies setting up offices in the state to improved security measures implemented by Governor Dr. Alex Otti.
Pastor Ajagba stated this at Government House, Umuahia, when he received in audience the leadership of the Abia State Community Policing/Vigilantee Group.

He noted that on assumption of office, security was one of the sectors the Governor declared a state of emergency, following it up with the establishment of the multi-agency security outfit, ‘Operation Crush,’ and the inauguration of Abia Security Advisory Council, all in a bid to strengthen the security of the state.

The Chief of Staff expressed joy that today Abia is witnessing a reflection of a well-secured state.

He charged the team to remain disciplined in the discharge of their duties, ensure they work with the Homeland Securities and not to use the opportunity of wearing uniform as a weapon to oppress anyone or be used as an object of oppression by people in dispute.

“We need to ensure the vigilantee group is a force for good, they should work collaboratively with the Homeland Security department and avoid using their uniforms for personal gain.”

Earlier in their speeches, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters ,Navy Commodore Macdonald Ubah (Rtd.) represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Homeland Security,Comr. Emmanuel Ogbuehi,
Fire and Emergency Services,Mr. Chukwunenye Alajemba and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Energy, Engr. Kachy Etolue applauded the Vigilantee group’s efforts and pledged government support.

They highlighted plans to provide new technological equipment to aid their operations and reiterated that Vigilantee members are not authorized to carry firearms.

In their addresses, the State Chairman of the Abia State Community Policing/Vigilante, Apostle Daniel Iheadindueme and the Secretary, Elder Enoch Ajadu lauded Governor Otti’s accomplishments, focusing on security improvements.

They detailed their success in assisting the Nigeria Police to raid criminal hide-outs, arrest of kidnappers, rescue of kidnapped victims, recovery of many stolen vehicles and motorcycles among other things.

Apostle Iheadindueme noted that the group is currently building a database for submission to Homeland Security and has approval from the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters in Abuja.
He therefore requested for government support in the form of office space, vehicles, and improved welfare packages for their members.