The Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has called on traditional rulers, town unions and vigilante groups in the Southeast to help fish out local kidnappers and killers and hand them over to security agencies.
The apex Igbo socio-cultural group also lamented that a few miscreants in Igbo land have taken advantage of the current state of insecurity in the region, which it attributed to “Fulani rampage”, to perpetrate criminal acts such as Kidnappings and killing of innocent citizens.
The President General of Ohanaeze Indigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, made the call on Saturday in a statement he issued, adding that the call became expedient with the current security breaches in Enugu State in the past few months.
Nwodo said: “In the past two and half months, Enugu State, which hitherto was the safest State in Southern Nigeria has witnessed very unusual security breaches.
“Assassinations, kidnapping and invasion of one or two holy places have been reported in the social and regular media.
“Ohanaeze is pleased with the speed and enthusiasm with which the Enugu State Government and the Nigerian Police, Enugu State Command has addressed the challenges posed by the recent security threats.
“Worthy of note is the arrest of those responsible for the murder of two Catholic priests and the kidnap of a Traditional ruler. Useful confessions have been made. As we speak 1,700 forest guards are being recruited. New access roads are being constructed into desolate and hidden areas of our forests.
“We salute Governor Ugwuanyi’s dynamism, speed and commitment in restoring the confidence of Enugu people in the ability of Government and law enforcement agencies to protect them.
“Ohanaeze also notes that a few miscreants among us have exploited the Fulani rampage to engage in kidnapping and murder of innocent citizens.
“We urge our traditional rulers, town unions and local vigilantes to fish them out and hand them over to law enforcement agencies.”