The Enugu State Government has distanced itself from a news report purporting that one Tochukwu Okeke is a Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Security, stating that the state government has not designated any person, whosoever, as either Special Adviser, Senior Special Assistant or Special Assistant to the Governor on Security.
In a it’s statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, the Government said it is very concerned about the rising security challenges faced by the country and appreciates the untiring efforts of the various security agencies in tackling acts of criminality.
The Government affirmed that “the state government will continue to support the various security agencies in this arduous task of restoring security and protecting the lives and property of the people of Enugu State within the ambit of the extant laws”.
It encouraged the people of Enugu State to continue to support the various security agencies in the state in different ways, “including the provision of useful information on the activities of criminal elements, as the state government will handsomely reward any person who provides useful information on the activities of these criminal elements terrorizing our society and interfering with the much-treasured peace in Enugu State”.
It read in parts:
“The attention of the Enugu State Government has been drawn to the trending news story on social media, regarding one Tochukwu Okeke purported to be a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on security for the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that the state government has not designated any person, whosoever, as either Special Adviser, Senior Special Assistant or Special Assistant to the Governor on security.
“The good people of Enugu State are encouraged to continue to support the various Security Agencies in the State, including the provision of useful information on the activities of criminal elements, as the State Government will handsomely reward any person who provides useful information on the activities of these criminal elements terrorizing our society and interfering with the much-treasured peace in Enugu State”.
Meanwhile, the state government has donated two additional brand new Toyota Hilux patrol vehicles to the 82 Division of the Nigeria Army, Enugu, to further aid its security operations in the state.
Presenting the vehicles to the Garrison Commander, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Christopher A. Ataki, Gov. Ugwuanyi represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, disclosed that the gesture was in keeping with the present administration’s cardinal objective of sustaining the peace and security in Enugu State.
It would be recalled that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration had on different occasions in the past donated security vehicles to the Nigerian Army, including 100 units of Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM) Patrol Vans equipped with communication gadgets procured and distributed proportionally to all the security agencies in the state to aid their operations.
Receiving the vehicles at the Government House, Enugu, on Tuesday, Brig. Gen. Ataki said that “today is a special day not only for the Nigerian Army but for the people of Enugu State”.
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The Garrison Commander therefore expressed gratitude to Gov. Ugwuanyi for the gesture, assuring the governor and the people of Enugu State that “we will continue to do our best to ensure that the peace we are enjoying in Enugu and indeed across the South East is sustained”.
Also in his speech, Prof. Ortuanya applauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for his steadfastness and sustained efforts in ensuring peace and providing security for the people of the state.
“It is in recognition of the above and in pursuit of his administration’s cardinal objective of sustaining the peace and security in Enugu State that His Excellency (Gov. Ugwuanyi) has approved the procurement of these two brand new Toyota Hilux vehicles for the Nigerian Army to the help the Army in providing security in the state.
“We are happy to say that Enugu State has been rated as one of the most peaceful and secure states in Nigeria. Today, we want to use this opportunity to thank His Excellency, the Governor of Enugu State, for this milestone achievement”, he added.