The Enugu Youth Coalition has reacted to insinuation by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) alleging the existence of kidnapping cells in the state.
In a counter-statement released to newsmen by the National Coordinator of the coalition, Dr Edwin Obune, the group said HURIWA erred in its analysis and understanding of security situations in Enugu State.
The coalition further noted that billions of naira has been spent by the state government in the procurement of 360 security vehicles with state of the arts communication gadgets, 260 motorcycles with security hardwares, 260 bicycles with communication software, 18 drones for surveillance, recruitment of 1,700 Forest Guard Personnel, recruitment of 5,200 Neighbourhood Watch Personnel, clearing of forests previously used as hideouts by criminals and bandits in the state as well as other pro-security measures adopted by the state government in its fight against criminality and banditry.
The group, says it is baffled by the HURIWA statement which it interpreted to mean the state government is doing nothing, security-wise.
Expressing its surprise, the group said: “Is HURIWA expecting Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to stop attending to other important state matters and start combing all the bushes in the 260 Wards of the state in search of kidnappers and criminals when he has provided all that is required of him to the security agencies in the state?
“Haba, HURIWA did not even care to recognise the rare courage exhibited by the state governor by personally leading security operations against the activities of criminals, bandits, kidnappers and hoodlums in the state at great personal discomfort and risk.
“HURIWA failed to understand that Enugu State does not have sedentary criminals but occasionally suffers from the activities of criminals without borders, yet because of the security efforts of the state government, kidnapped victims are released on record times unlike in other places.’
The group however commended the states government on its untiring efforts to secure Enugu and make it safe for its citizens.