Anambra State Governor, Charles Chukwuma Soludo has visited the Administrative headquarters of Nnewi South Local Government Area and one of the hotbeds of Unknown Gunmen activities, Ukpor, to assess the level of damage after the unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the Biafra secessionist armed group set the council secretariat on fire.
It was gathered that the unknown gunmen carried out the attack soon after men of the Nigerian Army with high precision mass destructive war weapons which included armoured tanks displayed show of force in the area.
A security guard was said to be killed in the attack that started night of Wednesday and lasted till the early hours of Thursday morning.
Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo while speaking during the visit, said Anambra State can no longer continue to be repressed by few criminal elements.
I was at Ukpor, the Nnewi South Local Government Area Headquarters and the scene of last night’s attack by some arsonists.
This mindless bloodletting and destruction of infrastructure does not define who we are! Nothing can justify these acts of criminality.
As I looked at what is left of the rubbles, I asked myself,
“in all this, who loses?”. Structures built from the taxes paid by the genuinely hard-working men and women on the streets are ruined for reasons that are incomprehensible to sane minds.
The resources that should have been deployed to providing more for struggling tax payers, would now be channeled into reconstructing these destroyed buildings and rebuilding missing records. It is very impossible to make any meaningful progress this way.
Quite frankly, ndị Anambra cannot be repressed by a few criminal elements. Our resolve to entrench law and order is total, no amount of wanton destruction will cower us.
I remember with a deep sense of grief, the three gallant police officers – Inspector Murtala Saudi, Sergeant Mudassir Ahmed, and Sergeant Samuel Ishaya, who lost their lives to the Unknown Gunmen who attacked us at a meeting with the youths in my village on this day last year.
We pledge to continue to take care of their families, and for their sake and many others who lost their lives to the sheer wickedness of a few misguided people, we shall not relent in our effort to make Anambra Liveable and Prosperous.