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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday received behind closed doors, the Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodinma at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Uzodinma disclosed that he updated the president on security and socio-economic developments in his state.
He revealed that said, in response to his presentations, President Buhari promised to do more to ensure adequate security of life and property of all citizens in the state and across the country, ahead of the yuletide season.
According to him, steps are being taken to address security challenges in the South-East region of the country.
He said: ‘Prominent among the issues we discussed is the increasing insecurity in the South-East.
‘Despite the activities of bandits and unknown gunmen in the area, you recall that the correctional facility in Owerri, Imo State capital was broken and over 1800 inmates were released.
‘Since that time they have been on rampage committing all sorts of crime like kidnapping and armed robbery among others.
‘There is need for us to really clean up the state because this period of Christmas is so important to our people and we want to ensure that those coming home for Christmas will have a condusive atmosphere to enjoy and celebrate the season.’
Uzodinma also revealed that he sought for presidential intervention for more funding and personnel, to help the state government address the prevailing security challenges.
‘I asked for support with additional manpower and also some kind of funding to support the security situation in Imo State and the President graciously approved,’ he said.
On the recently concluded gubernatorial election in Anambra, where he served as the Chairman of the campaign council of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the governor said he explained to the President how they tried their best to win but did not get the desired result.
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