Rising insecurity: Imo residents cry out, call on govt to intervene




The rising rate of unwarranted killings in Imo state now has become a major source of worry to residents in parts of the state


Investigations carried out shows that the people are now very disturbed by the situation


Reacting to the worrisome situation in the state, a community leader, Chief Obinna Amadi Nzekwe decried the situation noting that if nothing urgent is done by the state and federal government to stop this, it might lead to something else


He cited an incident that happens along Onitsha Owerri road where suspected state operatives stops commercial vehicles and take away young people particularly boys to unknown destinations without explanation



According to him, ” this development which had not being before, is becoming too worrisome”


Also reacting to the situation, a member of a youth group, in Owerri municipality, Mr Chijioke Madiakolam Obiukwu called on the state government to intervene before it becomes too late, ” a situation that may make the youths resist such attack”


He noted that, ” recently a combined team of security operatives stormed somewhere in Kwakuma area of Owerri north local government area of the state and also Umuonyeali Ugo community in Mbaitoli local government area of the state where the operatives took away so many young boys to unknown direction


He pleaded with the state Governor Hope Uzodimma to come to the rescue of the people of the state as the chief security officer of the state


Also expressing worry over this situation, another community leader from Umunwannem community in Njaba local Government area of the state, Mazi Chijindu Ikechukwu Ibeadi recalled the killing of a young man from the community by suspected state operatives


According to him, ” there was confusion and social disorder in my  community in Umuaka town in Njaba local Government area of the state following the killing of a young man by suspected combined team of state operatives on patrol”


He said, ” when this incident happened over the weekend, the youths of the area, got angry and protested the by blocking the major access road linking the local government headquarters and Owerri the state capital”


This however he said, ” led to the intervention of the community traditional prime minister, Chief Celestine Agu, who appealed to the protesting youths to remove the barricade on the road for traffic to start flowing”


He said, ” I thank the protesting youths for obliging me by opening the road again. I promised them that I will bring the attention of government to the incident for the purpose of seeking redress”