Army Day Celebration Will Boost Security
By Timothy Choji, Abuja
The Nigerian Army Day celebration, 2022, to be hosted by Imo State will boost security situation positively in Imo and the South East states.
Governor Hope Uzodinma stated while speaking to State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Uzodinma said that the hosting of the event would help to address the security challenges the State was passing through.
He said: “Basically I came to see the President to thank him for his gracious approval for Army Day celebrations to be held in Owerri, Imo State, South-East of the country. That of course you know will help strengthen the measures that are already on ground to curtail the effects and excesses of banditry and insecurity in the region”.
The Governor reiterated his earlier call on bandits and trouble makers in the State to surrender or be dealt with.
“Only two days ago I called on the criminal gangs operating in any part of Imo State; the unknown gunmen, bandits who are hiding one way or the other in our forests and the bush to come out. I granted a 10 day period during which if they lay down their arms, we will grant them pardon. As of this morning, I am told that some people are already surrendering their arms and it is a good development,” he said.
Commenting on the general security of the South-East, the Governor said all the Governors in the region are working in synergy to address the problem, saying that the sit at home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), is not effective in Imo State.
“We the Governors in the South-East are all working to ensure that security is guaranteed, for people to go about their businesses. The sit at home order is not operational in Imo State neither is it working in Owerri, the State capital.
“Really, it is still in operation in some parts of the South-East but the Governors are also working in synergy to ensure that it becomes a thing of the past,” he assured citizens.
On the recent call by the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, on his citizens to acquire guns for self-protection, the Imo State Governor said there was no need for such.
“The situation in Imo is not the same as that in Eboyin State. However, on the Governor’s call for individuals to apply for licences, I think the authorities will only give licenses to a qualified and a legible candidate.
“But I don’t think there is a need for individuals or unauthorized people to carry arms. The situation in Imo State is currently being managed and we have seen relative peace for the past weeks in Imo and normal businesses have incrementally resumed in Imo State.
“I am not in Zamfara State to know the situation there but I don’t think that the security situation in Zamfara State or any other part of the country is beyond our security agencies. In Imo State, the security agencies have risen to the occasion, they are working in synergy and the situation has been controlled to a bearest minimum,” he explained.
The Governor also condemned recent attacks on Churches and the kidnapping of some clergymen.
“Regrettably, of recent, some Catholic Priests became victims of the banditry saga in Nigeria. It is an unfortunate incident and condemnable. It is not as if other people being killed are not important but we detest any form of violence or taking of lives.
“The Church condemns that and Islam is also against that, likewise our local traditions and I am calling on security agencies to do everything humanly possible to fish out those who are behind this and bring them to book,” Governor Uzodinma appealed.
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