Reactions have continued to trail the present security situation in Imo State using its resultant loss of lives and valuables.
It was earlier reported the assault on Sunday at the police divisional headquarters, Orji in Owerri where four drivers were shot such as the State Commissioner for Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship, Iyke Ume.
Reports had it at the late hours of Monday, not less than six policemen were shot dead at the Okigwe South Zonal Political command, Orieagu at Ehime-mbano LGA of Imo State, and the command razed at gunpoint.
Experts, activists, politicians and other residents of Owerri, the state capital, who spoke to our correspondent explained the situation as worrisome.
He said the Senate, Senator Hope Uzodinma as well as other Southeast governors have jeopardized the zone over a pot of”yam porridge” by dancing to the tune of the Fulanis for one selfish interest or the other.
Hear him”the situation here is unwarranted and alarming.
“The unidentified gunmen have gone as far as setting the nation’s correctional centre and the governor’s ancestral home ablaze. These happened within a distance of two to three weeks.
“In the event, the bandits could attack the governor’s ancestral home successfully, how much more the unarmed civilians on the roads? Something serious has to be done and done immediately to prevent more loss of lives.”
In his reaction, the Director-General of Imo state PDP New Media, Collins Opuruzor imputed the uproar to the rising youth unemployment from the state.
He recalled that at the end of Senator Hope Uzodinma’s one year in office, the unemployment level of the state had jumped to 33.3% as over a 2.9million employable youths are completely out of jobs, naming the state as the unemployment capital’ from the nation.
He said that the governor is busy chasing shadows to the detriment of countless Imo individuals whose lives are in danger.
The operator added further,” the Governor should prevent shifting blame to the opposition and some self-determination groups. He must stand to his toes and confront the security challenges head-on. If a person is incapable of protecting the lives of people who elected him then he must resign honourably. Imo individuals will no longer endure this. It’s becoming quite unbearable.”
A retired Army captain, David Mbamara has advocated that the Imo State government completely investigate the root cause of the recurrent attacks in the nation, instead of telling the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) of being responsible for all the strikes recently.
The Imo-born social activist who was the founder of Fair Haven Security Nigeria Limited, further said that the governments both at the state and federal levels have failed to deal with the dilemma of youth unemployment which, according to him, are the best check against hardships.
“When the people are gainfully employed and are supplied with a good welfare package, there will not be any trace of violence. So, what can you anticipate?
Folks have no jobs to fend for themselves. The individuals aren’t happy, however, the government is keeping mommy. It’s an unfortunate situation.”
Another Imo son who is a lecturer of Microbiology in Imo State University who pleaded anonymity said that the worse is yet to come if the government fails to tackle the issue of youth redundancy.
“Imo is a country that generates a large number of graduates annually and there are no jobs for them. Note that ten jobless graduates are ten criminals and so it goes.
“Government should provide job opportunities for its teeming unemployed youths. Until that is completed, the restiveness will continue to creep like the harmattan fire.”
A cross-section of traders in Amakohia modern marketplace, Owerri explained that the problem had kept them in perpetual fear as no one knows when the enemies will strike.
A butcher in the market who refused to be mentioned stated that the attack by the unknown gunmen’ has come to be the order of their day.
He explained that the fear of the unknown gunmen has kept everybody awake even as they’re promoting their wares.
“If I begin to tell you the number of armed robbery and kidnapping events that have happened only in Amakohia at a distance of one week, you may marvel. Nobody is safe here.
“A couple of days ago, a woman has been kidnapped in a nearby road and minutes after that, some robbers moved to Akwakuma and dispossessed people of their belongings.
“What I’m not sure about is whether we actually have security or government agents in the state. The governor is busy chasing shadows while his people die every day.
“That is an ugly trend that needs to be stopped immediately so as to save the lives of those people. Government should act fast and quit blaming the resistance.”