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To ensure this is done, the government revealed it has procured for distribution over 30 Hilux Vans and about 80 pieces of Sienna cars for the police and other security agencies in the state.
Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, Dr. Kenneth Ugbala, and the Commissioner for Internal Security, Stanley Okoroemegha disclosed this to newsmen at a joint briefing shortly after an enlarged Security Council meeting at the Old Government House in Abakaliki.
Ugbala stated that 700 of the personnel will be formed across the 13 local government areas of the state while 300 others will be formed within the capital city.
He said the state government has mandated the council chairmen, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy Matters, and the Commissioner for Internal Security to ensure the immediate selection, training, and deployment of the vigilantes across the state.
He noted that the development was to ensure proper protection of the lives and property of Ebonyi people.
He further disclosed that the security council also deliberated on the spate of attacks on police stations and formations and directed all police divisions and formations to do everything within their powers to protect their stations from bandits’ attack.
He warned that the government will not get involved in the reconstruction of any police station or division that was attacked and destroyed by hoodlums.
He noted that it is the duty of the police to protect their stations as well as the lives and property of the people.
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