Southeast looses N5.375 trillion to illegal Sit-at-home order – Enugu CP Ammani

Commissioner of Police,Enugu Police Command, Ahmad Ammani has assured the people of Enugu state  of adequate security, lamenting that the Southeast Region had lost a total of N5.375 trillion to the illegal sit-at-home order; with Enugu State alone, losing N9.33 billion. 

He urged residents to end Mondays  sit -at- home and go about their businesses ,in support of Governor  Peter Mbah’s cancellation of the illegal order..

He spoke on Saturday at a town hall meeting Governor Mbah held with various stakeholders at the Banquate hall of the Old Government Lodge,G R.A Enugun

Ammani ,who spoke on behalf of the Heads of all the Security and Intelligence Agencies in the State, said the Town Hall, was convened for the actualization of His Excellency’s unequivocal declaration and fervent commitment to end the unconceivable illegal sit-at-home order.

” This Meeting is not just timely, but very expedient and consequential in the Security Agencies’ unwavering commitment to bring the lingering and ill-fated order in the State to an end” ,he said 

He commended the state Governor, Dr Peter Mbah for taking a bold step to end the illegal sit-at-home .

“We sincerely want to thank His Excellency for his forthrightness, the decisive and bold steps he has so far taken towards reversing and completely bringing the ugly trend of the illegal Sit-at-home order to an end.

 We also wish to immensely appreciate and commend Your Excellency for adopting the kinetic and non-kinetic approaches in handling this situation, which we strongly believe is germane and timely in this wise.

The Commissioner of Police disclosed that through their collaborative efforts and commitment to ensure that the lives and property of the  people are secured and protected, even as they go about their lawful businesses on the hitherto illegal sit-at-home days, the security agencies  had collapsed their individual structures  into one structure.

” By so doing, we have galvanized the personnel, operational and intelligence resources of the Agencies, and deployed them towards ensuring adequate security and safety of the people.

“Accordingly, we have mapped out and will continue to ensure the maximum deployment of the personnel and resources to strategic locations within Enugu Metropolis and beyond, while also ensuring intense visibility patrols of our nooks and crannies.This is in addition to the Air Force deploying aircrafts to carry out air surveillance and reconnaissance.

“”We, therefore, urge our people not to panic due to the massive land and aerial deployments that will be observed on the hitherto illegal sit-at-home days and beyond, as all of this is aimed at building the right confidence in them as they go out and to ensure that those who may want to test our collective resolve to reverse this ugly trend are decisively dealt with.”, he said 

 Ammani called on the stakeholders and the entire citizens of the State, to continue to support the security agencied with credible information and the intelligence they require to tackle the situation 

“This is even as we also call on you to talk to your subjects, particularly the young ones, who may have in time past allowed themselves to be used by those hell-bent on disrupting the peace and causing havoc on the lives and property of their brothers and sisters in the State, all in the name of enforcing the illegal order, to turn over a new leaf.

We also implore those may have succumbed to what has been termed the “Fear of the Unknown” to the illegal order, to have a rethink and revert back to going out on the illegal sit-at-home days to contribute their quota to the economic and social growth of our dear State.

“This has become necessary, given the report published on 6th January 2023, by the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), which shows that the entire Southeast Region had lost a total of N5.375 trillion to the illegal Sit-at-home order; with Enugu State alone, losing N9.33 billion. 

“This manner of loss, for an industrious and enterprising people like the citizens of our beloved State, is one we are very sure no one would genuinely want to see continue.

“To this end, while reminding us that security is everybody’s business, we wish to categorically state that we are prepared for this very important task and sincerely enjoin Ndi Enugu State to rise up to the occasion, make conscious and deliberate efforts to join us and support His Excellency, in his quest to stabilize the peace and security order, as well as reposition the State for economic, social and otherwise prosperity”, Ammani said.

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