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Insecurity in South-East Nigeria: Army Chief Promises Swift Action to Curb Criminal Activities

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Insecurity in South-East Nigeria: Army Chief Promises Swift Action to Curb Criminal Activities
Major-General Taoreed Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, has assured the House of Representatives that the Nigerian army is working tirelessly to address the prevailing insecurity in the South-East region of Nigeria. Lagbaja acknowledged the alarming threat of kidnapping, especially in Isiukwuato and Umunneochi local government areas of Abia State. In his speech, he mentioned that the army, along with other security agencies, has managed to diminish the threat of kidnapping in the region, and efforts are being made to apprehend the perpetrators and restore peace.

In recent times, the South-East region of Nigeria, particularly Isiukwuato and Umunneochi local government areas of Abia State, has experienced a surge in criminal activities, including kidnapping and banditry. The Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Taoreed Lagbaja, addressed this issue during his appearance at the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee meeting.

Maj.-Gen. Lagbaja, who was represented by Brigadier-General Gabriel Olufemi Echo, the Deputy Director of Operations at the Army Headquarters, acknowledged that kidnapping remains a potent security threat in the region. He highlighted the cases of kidnapping and attacks carried out in July by suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

In response to the heightened insecurity, the Nigerian army, in collaboration with other security agencies, has been working tirelessly to bring an end to the criminal activities plaguing the region. While the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies are also involved, the bulk of the responsibility falls on the Nigerian army due to certain challenges.

"Efforts of the Nigerian army, through its division in conjunction with other security agencies, have diminished the threat of kidnapping," assured Maj.-Gen. Lagbaja.

The Chief of Army Staff assured the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee that all efforts would be made to apprehend the perpetrators of these criminal activities and restore peace and security to the region.

During the meeting, Philip Ayuba, the Assistant Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), represented the NSCDC Commandant-General, Abubakar Audi. Ayuba pointed out that one of the challenges faced by security agencies in combating insecurity is the lack of cooperation from the local communities where these criminal acts occur.

He cited the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the communities, with almost everyone possessing a weapon. Ayuba also mentioned the community's disposition to purchase locally-made arms and the reluctance to provide information about criminal activities.

"There is a lack of cooperation by the community where we are trying to get information from them when they go there for manhunting and them to volunteer information of who and who are involved in that criminal act," Ayuba stated.

Addressing the committee, Hon. Obinna Aguocha, the chairman, emphasized the severity of the challenges faced by the region, stating that they affect the lives of the people, institutions, and impede overall growth.

"Instances of criminal activities, banditry, kidnapping, assassinations, communal clashes, and threats to life have shaken the very foundation of the societies," said Hon. Aguocha.

In conclusion, the meeting, which brought together various stakeholders, aimed at finding sustainable solutions to address the prevailing insecurity in Isiukwuato and Umunneochi local government areas. The collaborative efforts of the Nigerian army, other security agencies, community leaders, policymakers, and citizens are crucial in tackling the multifaceted security challenges in the South-East region of Nigeria.

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