bY KALU EZIYI, Umuahia
The new Commander of 14 Brigade, Nigerian Army, Ohafia, Brig-General Solomon Kumapayi has said that the army is combat-ready to tackle security challenges in Abia State.
Kumapayi stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu at the Government House, Umuahia, the capital, adding that the army is committed to the success of the task.
Commending the level of security in the state, he said their key areas of concern are armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism as well as drug abuse which is at the heart of the challenges.
Kumapayi, who said such negative tendencies are not peculiar to the state, explained that he embarked on the visit to inform the governor of his assumption of office in the state.
The former director of Military-Civil Relations at the Army Headquarters, Abuja, with a PhD in Defence Studies, therefore solicited the cooperation of the state to achieve the objectives.
Responding, Ikpeazu expressed concern over the increasing proliferation of small arms and light weapons across the country with its attendant potential to get into wrong hands.
He called on the security agencies to rise to the challenges posed by kidnapping, armed robbery, and cultism which have become serious and major areas of security concern to the government.
“As a state with a lot of emphasis on the development of the local economy and job creation, our huge investments in security and peace is understandable,” he said.
He argued that with its unique location of sharing borders with seven neighbours, the state has the potential of being infiltrated by suspected criminals from the neighbouring states.
While expressing appreciation to the General for the visit, he maintained that, “Security of lives and property in the state remain the fulcrum of the policy framework of this administration.”
The governor used the forum to commend the army and other security agencies for their respective contributions to the prevailing security and development of the state.
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