Nigeria’s Christian Association, CAN, chapter of Enugu State, called for the instant mobilization of all Enugu State security authorities.
we initially reported that the demand follows the murder of a Catholic Priest, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu by unknown gunmen
Rising from an emergency meeting in Enugu, CAN said there were obvious signs that the security architecture in Nigeria had collapsed and that Enugu was not an exception.
In a communique issued after the meeting, signed by Bishop Christian Obiefuna and Apostle Dr. Joseph Ajujungwa, the Chairman and the Secretary, respectively, the Christian body said it was irked over the seeming helplessness of security agencies in stemming the rate of killings and attacks on the residents of the State.
At the meeting, members in attendance spoke angrily over the death of Fr. Offu, as well as other clergymen and residents killed in like manner within the last few months.
CAN said in the circumstance, “there is need to overhaul the security apparatus in Enugu State, and this should start by the redeployment of all the security chiefs in the State.
“In the whole country, security apparatus has collapsed and Enugu State is not an exception.”
The communique further stated that “CAN Enugu State condemns in its entirely the recent act of criminality which led to the death of Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, a priest in the vineyard of our Lord Jesus Christ. We deeply commiserate with our brethren in the Lord, especially the Catholic Church.
“We further condemn any act of criminality in Enugu State which tend to orchestrate violence, civil unrest and any other act capable of breach of peace.
“It is clear that some ill-mannered persons are not comfortable with the peace and security in Enugu State.
“Their intent is to plunge Enugu State into political, religious and social crises that may lead to chaos and insecurity in the State.”
While commending the governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi , he encouraged him to “intensify action and review the state security system, potentially by enhancing local safety staff, for his peace and safety initiatives.
“We call on the Federal Government to step up measures to protect life and assets in this nation as the country’s latest general outcry is unhealthy.”