By Chimezie Anaso
Gov. Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra has lauded the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for their contribution to the fight against security challenges in the state.
Soludo said this in a statement by Christian Aburime, his press secretary on Wednesday in Awka, saying that the professionalism and commitment shown by the security agencies had helped to improve the security architecture of the state.
He passed a vote of confidence on the security checkpoints in the state and called for more to be set up, saying that they were critical in restoring peace and order in the state.
He said criminals wanted the security officers to leave the roads but his administration would ensure they remained with more support for more effectiveness.
“I want to use this occasion to specially appreciate the law enforcement agencies; the Nigeria Police, the Navy, the DSS, the Civil Defense and of course, our very gallant Anambra Vigilante Services and all the volunteers.
“In normal circumstances, these roadblocks wouldn’t have been needed but this is what we brought up on ourselves; our people took up arms in the bushes. Since they have decided to operate in an abnormal way, we now need an abnormal solution.
“We are not always the most confident but the most effective in this circumstance and until the insecurity situation comes down to near zero, we will continue to have the roadblocks in place.
“I want to commend all the armed forces who put their lives on the line to have our people sleep with their two eyes closed, we will continue to strengthen them and make them even stronger to keep our people safe and secure,” he said.
Soludo felicitated the Anambra people on the first Christmas under his reign saying the celebration had been safe and peaceful.
He also commended the bodies that had worked to keep the roads in Anambra free for easy traffic flow and ensured that the activities of touts were stopped.