Diocese decries resurgence of criminals in South-East

Supreme Desk
4 July 2023 11:02 AM GMT
Diocese decries resurgence of criminals in South-East
It urged the Enugu State government and security agencies to intensify actions in the troubled Akpawfu community in Nkanu East Local Government Area where lives and properties had been lost and at Ugwuogo-Opi-Nsukka Road where hoodlums had made travelling a nightmare.

The Diocese of Enugu (Anglican Communion) has decried the resurgence of all forms of criminality—kidnapping, armed robbery, rape, unlawful possession of firearms, and other violent crimes—in the South-East.

This is contained in a communiqué issued on Monday by the Diocese at the end of its Third Session of the 18th Synod held at the Cathedral Church of the Good Shepherd, Enugu, from June 29 to July 2, 2023.

The communiqué called on the state governments in the Southeast and security agencies to scale up intelligence gathering measures and act proactively in tackling these security breaches.

It urged the Enugu State government and security agencies to intensify actions in the troubled Akpawfu community in Nkanu East Local Government Area, where lives and properties had been lost, and at Ugwuogo-Opi-Nsukka Road, where hoodlums had made traveling a nightmare.

“The Synod is worried that the Monday sit-at-home has continued in the South-East, thereby impacting negatively on the economy, and condemned the continued detention of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, by the DSS despite the order of the Court for his release.

“The Synod congratulated Nigerians for their massive turnout in the exercise of their franchise in the Feb. 25 and March 18 elections.

“The Synod frowned at INEC’s failure to keep to its promises of using the BIVAS and immediately transmitting results through the IREV portal.

“The Synod condemns the threats and attacks on eligible voters on election days, particularly in Lagos State,” it alleged.

The communiqué called for the strengthening of INEC by making it truly independent and ensuring the appointments of credible persons as chairman and commissioners.

“The Synod congratulates President Bola Tinubu on his emergence and steps taken to restore peace and unity, while condemning the sudden removal of fuel subsidies without any palliatives, a development that has increased hardship in the country.

“The Synod therefore calls for immediate application of the dividends from the subsidy removal to cushion the effects of the hardship and rising inflation,” it said.

The communiqué congratulated members of the National Assembly on the peaceful election of their principal officers, adding that they should amend the Electoral Acts in order to ensure that electoral matters are disposed of before any inauguration.

It said: “The Synod commends candidates and political parties who adopted a peaceful approach by challenging the outcome of the 2023 General Elections in Court.

“The Synod urged the judiciary to use the opportunity of the current election tribunals to regain people's confidence by dispensing justice without fear or favor.

“The Synod expresses concern that the incessant attacks in Plateau State have persisted and calls on the President to address the menace.”

On the state of Federal Infrastructure in the southeast, it expressed delight with the completion and commissioning of the Second Niger Bridge by the immediate past administration.

“The Synod frowns at the snail pace of other Federal projects in the region, particularly the Enugu-Awka-Onitsha Expressway, the Enugu-Umuahia-Aba-Port Harcourt Expressway, the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, the Onitsha Seaport, and the Orashi River Dredging Project, among others.”

The communiqué was signed by Prof. Offornze Amucheazi, Chancellor of the Diocese; Mr. H.B.C. Ogboko, Registrar of the Diocese; Ven. Stanley Nweze (Synod Secretary); and Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, Archbishop/Bishop of Enugu.

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