“Be Security Conscious”, Former IGP, Ogbonna Onovo urges priests.


The former Inspector General of Police, Mr Ogbonna Onovo, has urged Catholic priests to be always security conscious in the wake of the high rate of insecurity being presently experienced across the country. Mr Onovo made this call during a security seminar organized for the priests working in the diocese which took place at the Jubilee Hall, Holy Ghost Cathedral Ogui Enugu on Monday, 10th February, 2020.

Mr Onovo who was there at the invitation of His Lordship Most Rev Callistus Onaga, the bishop of Enugu, was visibly worried that priests in recent times were becoming the primary targets of kidnappers, bandits and other criminal elements in the country. He underscored the importance of security alertness and the need to beef up security in and around parish churches and other ecclesiastical institutions to stem the tide of the incessant attacks on the clergy and on members of the faithful. Drawing from his wealth of experience as a former police chief, he offered some expert ideas of what could be done to ensure that church parishes and institutions are reasonably secured.

The seminar featured some question and answer sessions during which the priest participants sought clarifications from the former IGP who was obviously so disposed to respond to the enquiries of the priests.

In his vote of thanks towards the end of the programme, the episcopal vicar for public relations, Very Rev Fr Nnamdi A Nwankwo expressed gratitude to the former Inspector General for making time to come and address the priests at the seminar in spite of his very tight schedules. The bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev Callistus Onaga in his closing remarks, described the former Inspector General as an asset to us in this part of the country. He also added his voice in thanking Mr Onovo and passionately requested that he be disposed to listen to us anytime anytime we come to him for consultations on security matters.




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