The Governor of Anambra state, Professor Chukwuma Soludo on Thursday, paid a visit to the local government headquarters of Nnewi South in Ukpor, which was razed on Wednesday by unknown armed men.
Soludo, who visited the burnt secretariat in company of the state commissioner of Police and other security chiefs in Anambra, stated that he will not cower in the face of intimidation and violence by those who are trying to jeopardise the effort of his administration in its restore orderliness and the rule of law in the state.
“This mindless bloodletting and destruction of infrastructure does not define who we are! Nothing can justify these acts of criminality.
“As I looked at what is left of the rubble, I asked myself, “in all this, who loses?”. Structures built from the taxes paid by the genuinely hard-working men and women on the streets are ruined for reasons that are incomprehensible to sane minds. The resources that should have been deployed to providing more for struggling tax payers, would now be channeled into reconstructing these destroyed buildings and rebuilding missing records. It is very impossible to make any meaningful progress this way.
“Quite frankly, ndị Anambra cannot be repressed by a few criminal elements. Our resolve to entrench law and order is total, no amount of wanton destruction will cower us.
“I remember with a deep sense of grief, the three gallant police officers – Inspector Murtala Saudi, Sgt. Mudassir Ahmed, and Sgt. Samuel Ishaya, who lost their lives to the Unknown Gunmen who attacked us at a meeting with the youths in my village on this day last year.
“We pledge to continue to take care of their families, and for their sake and many others who lost their lives to the sheer wickedness of a few misguided people, we shall not relent in our effort to make Anambra Liveable and Prosperous,” The Governor reflected soberly.