advocacy group for the promotion of peace and good governance in Enugu
State, Enugu Youths Coalition for Good Governance, has called on
President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the immediate redeployment of the
State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Suleiman Balarabe, for lack of
capacity and commitment to secure the state.
The group, which
frowned at the spate of crimes in the state since Balarabe assumed
office as Enugu State Commissioner of Police, few weeks to the 2019
general election, said that the demand was borne out of their objective
assessment of the performance of the police chief and the need to
protect lives and property.
In a statement signed by the
coordinator and secretary, Hon. Ikechukwu Ibeh and Engr. Jude Onyema,
respectively, the advocacy group maintained that Enugu State has been
peaceful and one of the safest states in Nigeria, expressing deep
concern that “if something urgent is not done to rejig the security
architecture of the state; our state’s enviable status will be
They stated that the present cases of kidnapping,
murder and other criminal activities being witnessed in the state were
strange and a sign of failure on the part of the security agencies in
the state, especially the police.
The group added that “this
recent ugly experience was never encountered in Enugu State in the past
three years when the immediate past Commissioner of Police, Mr.
Danmallam Mohammed was in the saddle”.
The youth group also
accused leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State of
being responsible for the redeployment of the former CP out of the
state prior to the elections and asked them to apply the same process to
ensure the removal of the present CP on security basis, “because the
police commissioner has failed our people and the security architecture
in our dear state seems to have collapsed”.
“While things seem to
be going wrong, the police commissioner who takes instruction from the
federal government has not done much to address the security situation
in this state. Rather, the CP seems to have relaxed and allowed His
Excellency, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to do his work for him.
day we see our governor in the media, moving from one forest to another,
including security checkpoints, despite his exalted position, to
identify hideouts of kidnappers and criminals and charge the security
personnel to live up to their responsibilities, but the police chief in
Enugu seems not to be bothered. He should go. We need a vibrant,
experienced and committed Commissioner of Police in Enugu State”, the
Commenting further on Gov. Ugwuanyi’s untiring
efforts, the youth group stated that Enugu State is winning the war
against crime, stressing that the new security strategies and measures
introduced so far by Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration are already yielding
The advocacy group said that they were
impressed to note that “a kidnapped woman few days ago was rescued
immediately and her vehicle recovered at the Military checkpoint newly
mounted along Four Corner-Ozalla-Udi road at the instance of our
governor, while the kidnappers were trying to flee with the victim to
The youth pointed out that the development was
an indication that the governor’s recent efforts to weed out criminal
elements and enhance security in the state are not in vein, insisting
that the CP must go, in the overall interest of the state.#