Ebonyi directs security agencies to defend themselves against assailants

Ebonyi government on Wednesday directed security in the state to defend themselves and relevant facilities when attacked by gunmen.

Dr Kenneth Ugbala, Secretary to the State Government gave the directive in Abakaliki while briefing newsmen after an enlarged state’s Security meeting.

Ugbala said from now on, government would shut any police station, divisional headquarters and other facilities belonging to security but destroyed by gunmen.

“The concerned security agents would also face disciplinary measures as it is their primary responsibility to protect themselves, facilities and the citizens.

worried that men who are commissioned to defend the people are being attacked and living as if we have been conquered,’’ lamented.

Ugbala said the directive was aimed at making the security to be proactive to protect the people.

“What would be the fate of the citizens who are not to bear if security agencies are attacked?’’ queried.

“The situation would make the society appear lawless where people would wake and do whatever they liked,’’ said.

He noted that in addition to bearing machetes, the various vigilance outfits to be constituted across the state would be allowed to bear Dane-guns.

“This is provided under relevant laws of the state and we would not go contrary to such by allowing the vigilantes to bear sophisticated ,’’ he said.

In his remarks, Stanley Okoro-Emegha, Commissioner for , Peace and Internal Security, said government realised the enormity of the ahead and would provide necessary facilities needed by the security agencies.

“We have to structures which need re-roofing, fencing or total overhaul and install relevant security gadgets to ensure optimal performance,’’ he said.

Okoro-Emegha enjoined security agencies to to government’s directive to de-mobilise anyone approaching them with without waiting to be attacked. (NAN)