#EndSARS: Umahi orders re-construction of 10 police stations

Governor Dave Umahi

Governor Dave Umahi Ebonyi

By Chukwuemeka Opara

The Ebonyi Government has revealed that it is reconstructing more than 10 police stations destroyed during the #End SARS protests in the state in 2020.

Governor David Umahi announced this while receiving the management of the Nigeria Police Trust Fund that paid him a courtesy visit.

He said the state government was also integrating several police stations in the rural areas with Closed Circuit Television (CCTV).

“What happened at Abuja with the break at the Kuje Correctional Centre couldn’t have occurred if the facility was well equipped with CCTV. The correctional center in Abakaliki is fully equipped with CCTV, which makes officers to see people approaching kilometers from afar.

“I strongly think that police stations across the state should be equipped with solar-powered lights and CCTV for effective monitoring of movements,” he said.

The governor reeled out his administration’s support to the police, which include the provision of operational vehicles and relevant gadgets.

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“We also renovated structures at the state Police Headquarters, tarred its surroundings, installed street lights at the facility, and provided generators among other interventions.

“I experience serious health challenges whenever a police officer is killed on duty because they do not have to die while toiling to protect us,” he said.

On behalf of the Police Trust Fund delegation, Dr. Ben Akabueze thanked the governor for the reception, noting that it was in the state to intimate him on its mandate and activities.

Akabueze, who is the Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation, said that the fund was also seeking closer collaboration with the state government.

“We deeply appreciate the numerous support given to the Force by the state government in terms of operational equipment and infrastructure,” he said.

He noted that the fund ensured that personnel of the Force got various pieces of training to enhance their operational capabilities.

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