Enugu beefs up security, donates relief materials to victims of religious riots
March 3, 2006

The Enugu State Government has set up Joint Police and Military Security patrol team in all the eight established business/residential areas in the state where majority of
Nigerians from the Northern part of the country are occupying.

The security patrol teams are to help sustain the already existing peace and harmony in those areas and also ensure that nobody no matter the tribe or religion is molested or harassed in any part of the state.

The areas are located at Owerri Road, Asata/Ogui Road/Nwosu Terace, Artisan/Independence Layout, Abakpa Nike and Trans Ekulu. Others are the Fulani settlements at Agbani and Amagunze, Emene area, Garriki and Kenyatta, Akwata/Coal Camp and Uwani areas.

The State Governor Chimaroke Nnamani announced this when he presented relief materials to Northerners resident in the state who fled their homes for fear of reprisal attack following the recent religious crisis in parts of the country.

The relief materials presented to them at the Abakpa Barracks of the 82 Division of the Nigelian Army included fifty bags of rice, thirty bags of garri, one hundred plastic
buckets, ten cartons of soap, one hundred plastic cups, a cow and two hundred thousand naira cash.

Governor Nnamani who was represented at the occasion by the Secretary to the State Goverment Dr. Dan Shere, reassured them that Enugu State Goverment will continue to protect life and property of all in the state inspective of their tribe or religion.

Govemor Nnamani told them that the items donated today, in addition to those presented a week ago was to ensure that they were well fed and did not lack anything in the barracks where they were taking refuges.

The State Chief Executive pointed out that those who were causing the trouble were enemies of the society and used the occasion to call on Nigerians to see their fellow
citizens as brothers and sisters.

He told them that Enugu State is safe and that the Goverment will continue to give equal treatment and recognition to residents of the state in the scheme of things irrespective of tribe or religion.

He therefore called on them to see themselves as people from Enugu State and feel free to go about their businesses.

Responding on behalf of others, the leader of Hausa Community in Abakpa, Sule Ali thanked Governor Nnamani for his efforts to ensure that equal treatment was given to all residents of the state.

Alhaji Ali also thanked the Governor for the relief materials given to them, describing it as a demonstration of his special interest and care for all in the state.

Also a women leader Hajiya Mohammed Hadiza thanked the Governor for the items adding that it would help cushion the effect of the crisis on the people.

The items were presented in the presence of the Garrison Commander, 82 Division of the Nigeria Army Command who represented the Governor and Mr. Onuoha who stood in for the State Commissioner of Police.


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