Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has commended the intervention of Nigerian Army in addressing the security challenges in the state and other parts of the South East.
Umahi gave the commendation when he paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, in Abuja on Monday.
He said the successful intervention of the Army in quelling border disputes and aversion of bloody crises between Ebonyi and Benue States in the past four years was commendable.
Umahi said the governors of the South East were happy with the activities of the Army in the region, adding that there was, however, need for community policing.
He explained that the governors had resolved to convene security council meeting in their respective states to decide the number of roadblocks and places to be mounted by the Army, Police and other security agencies.
The governor also appreciated the Army for maintaining neutrality and impartiality during the last general elections in Ebonyi and across the South East.
Umahi, however, appealed to Buratai to give approval for the establishment of army formations and units in the southern part of the State in order to stem the wave of insecurity ravaging communities in the area.
According to him, temporary facilities are available for the take-off, if approval is swiftly given for the establishment.
He said: “The State Government will provide basic infrastructure for the units or formations to be established.”
Responding, Buratai lauded the developmental strides of the Governor, which he said has transformed Ebonyi State and also engender peace and mutual cohesion in the State.
He expressed gratitude to the governor for rehabilitating dilapidated facilities and also constructing new roads in the barracks at Abakaliki.
The COAS pledged the Nigerian Army’s support to the governor, saying his officers and men will continue to be responsive and professional in the discharge of their constitutional duties in the South East.
He commended the governor for maintaining the state’s lead in rice production, adding that the army would continue to partner the state government in providing the needed security.