PDP Calls For State Of Emergency In Imo Over Worsening Insecurity

PDP Calls For State Of Emergency In Imo Over Worsening Insecurity

From Athan Agbakwuru, Owerri

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Imo State Chapter has raised concerns over the wave of rising insecurity in the state and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the state, if the ugly trend persists.

The Imo PDP outcry is coming following the recent brutal attacks on its House of Representatives candidate for Ideato federal constituency, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere and other several other of cases mindless killings across the state. 

Addressing newsmen Wednesday during a press conference at the Imo State PDP Secretariat, state chairman of the party, Engr. Charles Ugwu noted with dismay that “there has been a steady degeneration of the security situation in the State characterized by kidnapping, arson, attacks and gruesome killing of innocent citizens.”

Ugwu who spoke through the state secretary of PDP, Nze Ray Emeaña, pointed out that Imo people have been traumatized by the unending reign of terror, which has created widespread fear and anxiety in the State and threatening to paralyze social and economic activities.

His words, “In response to the people’s concern for safety, and to complement the efforts of the regular Security Agencies, the Ebubeagu Vigilante Initiative was evolved. Unfortunately, rather than deploy the Outfit to address the security challenges in the State, it is being abused as an instrument of suppression and vengeance against perceived enemies of the State Government.

“It is worrisome that Ebubeagu, which appears currently positioned as a hit-squad under the DSS, represents a worse nightmare to the people of Imo State, than the organized network of bandits and kidnappers it was established to confront. 

“Indeed, since the deployment of Ebubeagu against separatists groups and agitators, there has been a spike in insecurity to new and intolerable heights, characterized by a vicious cycle of extra-judicial killings and reprisal attacks. 

“The result is that Imo State has been transformed into a theatre of war and butchery, where daily extra-judicial murders have become so common that the incidents no longer merit media headline attention.

“It is indeed regrettable that over these past years, our advice to the State Government to evolve a creative solution to the insecurity in the State has gone unheeded. 

He blamed the government-owned Ebubeagu militia over the growing incidents of the killings, arson and kidnapping stating that candidates of the PDP have been targets of their threats and attacks by the gunmen.

“Our candidates for the elections, leaders and stakeholders of our Party are being warned and threatened by unidentified persons to stop all forms of political activities or face unpleasant consequences. 

“This being a consequence of the Governor’s continued worry why members of the opposition are not being targeted by unknown gunmen. In furtherance of these threats, our campaign Rally in Ahiazu Mbaise on 14th January, 2023 was belatedly visited by gunmen, and would have ended in horrific tragedy, but for providential intervention.

“While still in shock over the missed attack, news of the brutal and fatal attack on the country home of our House of Representatives Candidate for Ideato South/Ideato North Federal Constituency in Akokwa on 14th January 2023 by over 50 gunmen hit the airwaves,” Ugwu said.