Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Thursday, led the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Umar Musa on a strategic assessment of the area where some students of the University of Nigeria and some others were abducted on Sunday.
The police commissioner, CP Ahmed Ammani, state Director of Department of State Services (DSS) H.M Daluwa, Garrison Commander, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. M.K Ibrahim, others, were among those that visited areas including the Ugwuogo-Nike-Opi-Nsukka Road, where there have been abductions carried out by criminals suspected to be herders.
Speaking with Journalists during the on-the-spot assessment visit, the GOC, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Musa, who spoke on behalf of the other heads of security agencies in the state, said “the perpetrators are purely kidnappers.”
Maj. Gen. Musa guaranteed the public that the combined team of security agencies will go into the bush to apprehend the perpetrators, rescue the victims and end the menace along the road.
“I assure you that we are going to go deep into the bush to pursue them and ensure they do not perpetrate more harm along the road,” he said.
Acknowledging the presence of Ugwuanyi on the visit and his utmost commitment towards ending the security challenges being posed by the hoodlums along the Ugwogo-Opi road, the GOC assured the public that “these criminals will be fished out and they will be dealt with.”
Maj. Gen. Musa advised members of the public to report to the security agencies whenever there is any incident rather than rushing to social media. According to him, “news items on social media platforms are usually unconfirmed incidents and could send the wrong notion to the public.”
The GOC maintained that Enugu remains a peaceful state notwithstanding the unfortunate incidents along Ugwogo-Opi Road, saying: “We are here; we have seen the deployment; this state is peaceful but once in a while you have criminals and I assure you that these criminals will be fished out and they will be dealt with.”