By Ubon Ekanem/Endurance Onun:
Paramount rulers, political statesmen and others who attended the recent security submit organized by the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Agbonlahor have slammed the Cross River State Government for the rising security challenges in the state.
The state-wide security forum which held at the Senior Police Officers’ Mess, Moore Road, Calabar was jointly anchored by the Police CP and Paramount Ruler of Obudu LGA, HRH. Uti J.D Agba.
The forum which was convened to proffer solutions on how to curb the rising wave of insecurity across the state unanimously blamed CRSG for not doing enough to stem the menace.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Austin Agbonlahor the CP harped on the importance of respecting the sanctity of life against the backdrop of incessant killings during communal clashes. He cautioned against taking of a human’s life at the slightest provocation, wondering why premium should be paid over land rather than life.
Speakers upon speakers took their turns to register their sentiments on the matter and all did so in heaping the blame of all communal fracas in the state on the door-step of the government.
The forum also accused the state government of paying lip service to issues of security in the state.
Reacting to the sentiments of the forumites, the Police Commissioner held that the meeting was not for trading blames, however the participants insisted that government should be up in arms by providing the necessary logistics like funding of security agencies and patrol vans, amidst other requirements for better securiting in the state.