Richard Ginika Izuora
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, had on Monday, April 5, said that Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State should be held accountable for the recent security breaches in the State.
In a statement the Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said, “The uprisings, waves of violence and banditry in Imo State within the last 48hrs is a revengeful mission; well-coordinated reprisal attacks against the Government of Imo State in response to the Governor’s acceptance of military action and airstrikes against peaceful Eastern Security Network and IPOB members at Orlu recently.”
“Ndigbo had previously warned Governor Hope Uzodinma of the consequences of his impulsive actions; specifically against ESN in appeasement of his paymasters.
“Consequently, Imo State Governor should now accept the full responsibilities of violence perpetrated in Owerri in the early hours of Easter Monday.
“The pattern and uniformity of the modus operandi of the perpetrators show there is evidence of a well-coordinated serial attack in almost police stations in all Igbo states at the early hours of each day; with the sole targets of amassing ammunition for the possible full-scale banditry in the South-East. But the new dimension of the attacks at Owerri Correctional facility points that the perpetrators had equally released their members; recently incarcerated by Imo State Governor over Orlu crisis.”
He however, reminded the perpetrators that dialogue remains the best weapon of resolving conflicts and disputes; adding there are laid-down procedures to nip at the bud these fast-rising monsters in South East, which requires drastic measures.
The Ohanaeze scribe advised the Imo State Governor to apologise to Ndigbo; noting that the unwarranted killing in Orlu remains a sore point.
“Governor Hope Uzodinma should tender unreserved apologies to Ndigbo for his non-consultative military actions in Orlu crisis; as well as incarceration of innocent people and rescind most of his unpopular anti-Igbo decisions and policies.
“South East Governors must establish the regional South East security network to engage the youths to defend our territories without further delay with the full backing of the law.”