The Ebonyi State Government has embarked on security outreach to churches, mosques and markets to ensure the protection of lives and property in the state.
Special Assistant (SA) to the Governor on Security and Utility (Capital city), Mr. Saint Anakor, disclosed this yesterday during a security outreach held at the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Abakaliki.
Anakor said that such outreach had been extended to schools, markets among other social outlets to encourage the citizens to imbibe the spirit of security consciousness.
He said: “The citizens suffer out of ignorance and do not know their obligations in securing their lives and property.
“Security agencies do not have the required personnel to effectively guard churches, schools, markets, residential areas among others but with adequate information, we can surmount the hurdles.
“We want to maintain Abakaliki’s status as one of the safest cities in the country as incidences of armed robbery, kidnapping among others, have not been reported for over two years.
“People used to say that governments supported cultism in the state but Umahi’s administration has zero tolerance for it and is determined to eradicate it.
“Cultists have long ceased disrupting the peace of the state and those still indulging in it will be prosecuted no matter how highly placed they or their parents might be in the society, if caught.
“Citizens should report cultist activities to my office, report any gathering of young boys smoking Indian hemp and also any other forms of illegal gatherings.