Reactions have continued to path the present safety scenario in Imo State with its resultant lack of lives and valuables.
DAILY POST earlier reported the assault on Sunday on the police divisional headquarters, Orji in Owerri the place 4 motorists have been shot together with the State commissioner for Expertise Acquisition and Entrepreneurship, Iyke Ume.
Experiences additionally had it that on the late hours of Monday, not lower than six policemen have been shot useless on the Okigwe South Zonal Political command, Orieagu in Ehime-mbano LGA of Imo State, and the command razed at gunpoint.
Specialists, activists, politicians and different residents of Owerri, the state capital, who spoke to our correspondent described the scenario as most worrisome.
The Nationwide President of Igbo Nationwide Council Worldwide (INC), Chilos Godsent, whereas reacting to the scenario, put the blame on the federal government, accusing it of dealing with the pattern with child’s glove.
He mentioned that the governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma in addition to different Southeast governors have sabotaged the zone over a pot of “yam porridge” by dancing to the tune of the Fulanis for one egocentric curiosity or the opposite.
Hear him, “the scenario right here is unwarranted and alarming. Not a day that passes with out the sound of a gunshot or killing.
“The unknown gunmen have gone so far as setting the state’s correctional centre and the governor’s ancestral dwelling ablaze. All these occurred inside an area of two to a few weeks.
“If the bandits may assault the governor’s ancestral home efficiently, how far more the unarmed civilians on the streets? One thing severe must be achieved and achieved shortly to forestall extra lack of lives.”
In his response, the Director-Basic of Imo state PDP New Media, Collins Opuruzor attributed the uproar to the rising youth unemployment within the state.
He recalled that in the long run of Senator Hope Uzodinma’s one 12 months in workplace, the unemployment degree of the state had soared to 33.3% as over 2.9million employable youths are fully out of jobs, naming the state because the ‘unemployment capital’ within the nation.
He mentioned that the governor is busy chasing shadows to the detriment of tens of millions of Imo folks whose lives are in danger.
Opuruzor added additional, “the Governor ought to cease shifting blame to the opposition and a few self-determination teams. He ought to stand to his toes and confront the safety challenges head on. If a governor is incapable of defending the lives of those that elected him, then he ought to resign honourably. Imo folks will now not tolerate this. It’s changing into fairly insufferable.”
A retired Military captain, David Mbamara has urged the Imo State authorities to completely examine the foundation explanation for the repeated assaults within the state, relatively than accusing the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) of being chargeable for all of the assaults in latest instances.
The Imo-born social activist who turned out to be the founding father of Honest Haven Safety Nigeria Restricted, additional mentioned that the governments each on the state and federal ranges, have failed to deal with the problem of youth unemployment which, in line with him, needs to be the best verify in opposition to insecurity.
“When the persons are gainfully employed and are supplied with good welfare bundle, there received’t be any hint of violence. Sadly, the federal government has failed on this side. So, what do you count on?
“The price of dwelling is excessive. Individuals don’t have any jobs to fend for themselves. The persons are not blissful, but the federal government is retaining mum over this. It’s an unlucky scenario.”
One other Imo son who’s a lecturer of Microbiology in Imo State College who pleaded anonymity mentioned that the more severe is but to come back if the federal government fails to deal with the problem of youth redundancy.
“Imo is a state that produces numerous graduates yearly and there are not any jobs for them. Word that ten jobless graduates are ten criminals and so it goes.
“Authorities ought to present job alternatives for the teeming unemployed youths. Till that is achieved, the restiveness will proceed to creep just like the harmattan hearth.”
A cross-section of merchants in Amakohia trendy market, Owerri mentioned that the scenario had saved them in perpetual worry as nobody is aware of when the enemies will strike.
A butcher available in the market who additionally refused being talked about, mentioned that assault by the ‘unknown gunmen’ has grow to be the order of the day.
He mentioned that the worry of the unknown gunmen has saved everybody at alert whilst they’re advertising their wares.
“If I start to inform you what number of armed theft and kidnapping incidents which have taken place simply in Amakohia in an area of 1 week, you’ll marvel. No person is secure right here. We live by the grace of God.
“Just a few days in the past, a lady was kidnapped in a close-by road and minutes after that, some robbers went to Akwakuma and dispossessed folks of their belongings.
“What I’m unsure about is that if we even have a authorities or safety brokers within the state. The governor is busy chasing shadows whereas his folks die on a regular basis.
“That is an unsightly pattern that must be stopped instantly with a view to save the lives of the folks. Authorities ought to act quick and cease blaming the opposition.”