Abuja - Akwa Ibom State Governor, Godswill Akpabio, has charged traditional leaders to complement government efforts to fight crime.
He urged the leaders to exercise extra vigilance in their domains and report suspected persons to law enforcement authorities.
The Governor, who gave the charge at Efoyi during the coronation ceremony of His Highness, Chief Moses- Abasi Ubong III as the Village Head of Efoyi, Eket Local Government Area, said the motive was to safeguard the environment against infiltrators considering the level of insurgency in the country.
He congratulated the Royal Father on his successful enthronement on the leadership stool of his forebears.
Akpabio described the coronation as a clear manifestation of the will of God in the life of the Royal Father and urged him to use the position to transform the community and ensure that justice, peace and equity reigns supreme in the community.
The Governor called on the indigenes of the area to lend their support to the traditional ruler to enable him succeed and for prosperity to thrive in the community.
The Royal Father expressed appreciation to God for preserving him and putting him on the saddle after 27 years of legal tussle for the throne.
He said he had reconciled all aggrieved parties and constituted a Village Council Representative from various families of the Council as well as youth and women groups.
Meanwhile, the governor has urged the Nigeria Air Force to increase surveillance in oil-producing areas to reduce oil theft, bunkering and vandalism of oil pipe lines.
He gave the advice when the commander of 207 Special Mobility Group Calabar, Air Commander Charles Owo visited him at Governor’s Office in Uyo.
He bemoaned the upsurge of pirates and harassment of sea passengers and fishermen.
– CAJ News
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