Gov. Umo Eno

In an effort to address the escalating security challenges related to kidnapping, armed robbery, rape, extrajudicial killings, and other violent crimes in Akwa Ibom State, Governor Umo Eno’s administration has enlisted the assistance of private security agents to complement the regular police force in effectively policing the state.

As part of this initiative, it has been reported that at least 500 youths are undergoing security training under the banner of Ibom Community Watch Constables (ICWC) in the state’s new security framework.

During the inauguration ceremony held at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium (Nest of Champions), Governor Eno clarified that this exercise is essential to revamp the state’s security architecture, aiming to better fend off criminal elements as conducive development cannot thrive in a chaotic environment.

Represented by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Waterways, Gen Koko Essien (retired), Governor Eno emphasized his administration’s dedication to rural development under the ‘Arise Agenda’ blueprint, urging collective efforts to safeguard lives and property in the state.

He urged the newly inducted individuals to embrace a high level of vigilance and discipline during their training, emphasizing the importance of exhibiting these qualities in the broader society to counter criminal elements.

Notable figures present at the morale-boosting event included the retired Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Samuel Ogunjemilusi, who also serves as the Honorary Special Adviser to the Governor on Security; the state Commissioner of Police (CP), Olatoye Durosinmi; Hon. Uwemedimo Dianabasi Asuquo, the House of Assembly member representing Uyo State Constituency, and Hon. Monday Eyo Okon, Chairman of the Local Government Service Commission, among others.

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