We have not designated any person as Governor’s SPA, SSA, SA on Security – Enugu govt

By AdvocateNews on 17/08/2021

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…Disassociates itself from trending news report


The Enugu State Government, Tuesday, distanced itself from the news report trending on the social media regarding one Tochukwu Okeke purported to be a Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Security, stating categorically, for the avoidance of doubt, that the state government has not designated any person, whosoever, as either Special Adviser, Senior Special Assistant or Special Assistant to the Governor on Security. 

The trending media report said the Nigerian Army had arrested and detained for over one month, Mr Tochukwu Okeke, the "Senior Special Assistant on Security matters to the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi".

Okeke was reportedly arrested in July over his alleged membership of the Indigenous People of Biafra and had been detained since then at the barracks of the 82 Division, Enugu State.

It further said that the Nigerian Army despite an order from the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, continued to hold Okeke in its custody.  The court was said to have last week ordered the Nigerian Army to release unconditionally, the detainee but the military authorities are yet to comply.

The State government, however, disowned Okeke saying the state has not designated anybody as Senior Special Assistant, SSA to the Governor on Security and urged members of the public to ignore the report. 

In a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, the state government said it is very concerned about the rising security challenges faced by the country and appreciates the untiring efforts of the various security agencies in tackling acts of criminality.

Aroh maintained that “the state government will continue to support the various security agencies in this arduous task of restoring security and protecting the lives and property of the people of Enugu State within the ambit of the extant laws”.

The statement encouraged the people of Enugu State to continue to support the various security agencies in the state in different ways, “including the provision of useful information on the activities of criminal elements, as the state government will handsomely reward any person who provides useful information on the activities of these criminal elements terrorizing our society and interfering with the much-treasured peace in Enugu State”.

Full text of the statement reads:

“The attention of the Enugu State Government has been drawn to the trending news story on social media, regarding one Tochukwu Okeke purported to be a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on security for the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state categorically that the state government has not designated any person, whosoever, as either Special Adviser, Senior Special Assistant or Special Assistant to the Governor on security.

“The State Government is also very concerned about the rising security challenges faced by our dear nation, and the untiring efforts of our various Security Agencies in tackling these acts of criminality.

“The State Government will continue to support the various Security Agencies in this arduous task of restoring security and protecting the lives and property of the people of Enugu State within the ambit of the extant laws.

“In view of the above, the good people of Enugu State are encouraged to continue to support the various Security Agencies in the State, including the provision of useful information on the activities of criminal elements, as the State Government will handsomely reward any person who provides useful information on the activities of these criminal elements terrorizing our society and interfering with the much-treasured peace in Enugu State”.

Posted 17/08/2021 8:24:35 PM

 

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