Security Summit: Umeh, Ozigbo, others propose solutions to end cult war, insecurity in Awka


The Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial district, Sir Victor Umeh, Wednesday, urged the residents of Awka and Okpuno in Awka South Local Government Area to mobilise action towards bringing cult war and other forms of criminality to an end.

Awka and its environs had been witnessing violence killings and other pockets of crimes in recent time which had led not less than forty persons to death since January to May, 2024.

Umeh, who spoke at Awka City Security summit convened by the member representing Awka South 1 Constituency, Hon. Henry Mbachu, argued that insecurity was impeding the development of Awka capital city despite the presence of government house and other institutions.

According to him, the Igbo nation were not known for wasting human blood for any reason, hence the need for all hands to be on deck so as to nip insecurity to the bud.

“Awka is blessed as every town made capital city of a state. I urge you to secure your land so that the residents and strangers can live happily.  and their business thrive. Do Awka well so that everyone will come to invest. No one likes to invest in insecure environment,” he stated. 

Also speaking, the member representing Awka North and Awka South Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Lilian Orogbu, said she was pained as insecurity in the State capital had forced many scholars and experts to shun invitations to programmes, reminding them that it could turn Awka into a glorified village if left unresolved.

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On his part, the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Mr Somtochukwu Udeze, represented by the Majority Leader, Mr Ikenna Ofodoeme, expressed optimism that cult related crisis would become a thing of past once the executive fully implement anticult law already passed by the legislature.

According to Udeze, the bill stipulated relevant punishment and sanctions to cultists, including their friends, sponsors, landlords, producers and marketers of riffles, owners of vehicles or premises used for cult related activities and whoever showed up as witness or signatory to meet their bail conditions.

Contributing, a Chieftain of Labour party, Mr Valentine Ozigbo identified insecurity as topmost challenge confronting Awka and Anambra State generally and urged Governor Chukwuma Soludo to rise against this through job creation, provision of enabling environment for businesses to thrive, putting a stop to multiple taxations and others anti people policies.

“There is no sense of urgency from the government. That is living in denial. Government should take full responsibility of security of lives and property as number one top priority because many Anambra people are scared of coming homes again. There are many ways to solve the insecurity problems considering economic and political angle to it.

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“We need to deal with insecurity from the roots. The government needs to create jobs and favourable environment for businesses and people to live peacefully. There is also need for the government to stop using taxes and policies to kill businesses. There is need to embark on job creations and empowerment. 

“I thank Hon. Mbachu for taking this bold step. And I am calling on other lawmakers to organise similar security summit in their constituency to chat way forward because the security of lives and property is everyone’s concern,” he noted.

Contributing, the Archbishop of Province on the Niger and Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese, Alexander Ibezim, represented by Canon Edwin Enemo; two prominent natives of Awka, Mr Bennett Okoye and Mr Chukwudi Mougbo, identified poor parenting, drugs addiction, quest for power, lack of education and joblessness as among the reasons behind rise in insecurity in Awka.

On their parts, the Secretary, Ọzọ titled holders society in Awka, Ọzọ Ndụ Nwakalor, said they have already ruled out that any of their members whoever engages in cultism directly or indirectly, including by ways of sponsorship or acting as witness to secure bail condition for a cultist would be detitled, banned and excommunicated forever. 

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Earlier, the convener and member representing Awka South 1 Constituency, Hon. Nigeria Henry Mbachu, explained that the summit was aimed at brainstorming on insecurity troubling the capital city with a view to proffering lasting solutions to it.

Mbachu, who recalled that Awka used to be accommodating, lover and respecter of humanity, wondered how things degenerated to the present situation where some people hunt for the blood of their fellow humans.

The anomaly, according to him, has forced many families into becoming childless, fatherless, motherless, widows and widowers because the perpetrators kill without having mercy on anyone.

“This is not political but a plan to rejig the security in my constituency Awka South 1 comprising Awka and Okpuno. I have met with several stakeholders and mobilised them to join us in speaking in one voice so that we can make this place secured and better to live for all. Whatever we reached as a decision today will be taken to the executive for action,” he noted.

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