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People living among us sponsoring criminals to disrupt peace in Akwa Ibom – Gov Eno

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Following the cases of security infractions in Akwa Ibom State, Governor Umo Eno has alleged that some persons in the state sponsor the criminals to unleash mayhem and upturn the existing peace in the state.

Eno, who did not mention the names of the alleged sponsors, added that the assertion was in the wake of credible intelligence.

A statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Ekerete Udoh on Thursday, said the Eno made the comments at an event for Service Commanders and the Akwa Ibom sons promoted to higher ranks in the various services of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

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The Governor said his administration is drawing up a new security architecture in the state and pledging his determination to ensure the safety of the people.

According to him, “We will stop at nothing to ensure the safety of our people. We are drawing up a new security architecture for the state and in the next few months, you will see the results and how serious we are.

“ So if criminals believe that Akwa Ibom State is a place for them to hibernate, I am warning them now that they will find this state too hot for them to stay. We have credible intelligence that some in our society, those living among us, are giving support, aid and comfort to these criminal elements just to upturn the peace in our state and use it as a narrative.

“Let me say this emphatically and to assure our people that no matter how highly placed such an individual may be, such an individual will not be spared. We will mention your name and call you out. We will come after you. We will use every layer of intelligence available to track you, we are on top of this game, so be warned”

The Governor also used the opportunity to thank the outgoing Service Commanders for their service to the state. “ I know this has been a season of transfers and promotions. I want to thank you for those long nights; thank you for allowing us to disturb your sleep. We thank you for your friendship and the synergy between the security services. We are deeply grateful and we will miss you, but we are assured in the belief that Akwa Ibom State will always hold a special place in your hearts.

“We thank the President and Commander-in-Chief for finding you worthy of elevation to the new ranks and added national responsibilities.” He added.

In their separate remarks, the outgoing Commissioner of Police, AIG Olatoye Durosinmi, outgoing Commander of 2 Brigade, Major General Ken Chigbu and one of the newly promoted sons of Akwa Ibom State, Rear Admiral E. Ebe, appreciated the Governor and the State for the gesture of appreciation and assured him, it will motivate them to do more for the state and the nation in general.

People living among us sponsoring criminals to disrupt peace in Akwa Ibom – Gov Eno

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