Traditional Rulers in Enugu State have called on the state government to come up with a legislation that will officially designate them as the Chief Security Officers, CSOs of their respective kingdoms.
The Chairman, Security and Peace Committee of Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with newsmen in Enugu.
Ugwu said that such legislation would promote and facilitate intelligence gathering in rural communities and urban centres.
He said that though there were conventions that specified their duties as monarchs, “We want a legal pronouncement that would specify that we are the chief security officers in our kingdoms”.
He said that it would be necessary for the traditional rulers to be empowered by law so as to be able to enforce guidelines that would enable them to know residents of their kingdoms.
The monarch said that such a move would provide the necessary intelligence on persons of questionable character as well as those whose houses were used as havens for hoodlums.
“This will further empower us to take some measures in securing our kingdoms and the state.
“For now, there is no law that empowers us as chief security officers of our kingdoms,” he said.
The monarch said that their council had already presented their request to the governor.
“The governor has promised us that the matter will be taken care of during the amendment of the Neighborhood Watch Law of Enugu State which will soon be presented to the State Assembly.
“For now, our duty is to do all we can within our reasonable positions to make sure that what the government is doing trickles down,” he said.