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Insecurity: Coalition asks FG to declare state of emergency in Imo

Insecurity: Coalition asks FG to declare state of emergency in Imo
May 26
14:06 2023

The Coalition for True Governance(CTG), a group advocating for peace, justice, and human rights, has condemned the killing of a traditional ruler in the Oguta LGA of Imo state.

On Thursday, gunmen killed Victor Ijioma, the traditional ruler of Orsu Obodo in Oguta LGA.

Ijioma was said to have been shot inside his car, after which his body was set ablaze.

In a statement on Friday, Charles Odenigbo, convener of the group, said it is imperative that the federal government takes immediate action to address this gruesome incident and restore peace in the LGA.


Odenigbo also called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency in Imo over the frequent killings across the state.

“We, therefore, call on the Nigerian government to declare a state of emergency in Imo state. This declaration is necessary to ensure the swift deployment of security forces and the implementation of measures to prevent further loss of lives and property,” the coalition said.

“The state of emergency will provide the government with the necessary authority and resources to combat the escalating violence and restore law and order.


“Governor Hope Uzodinma has shown times without number that he does not possess the capacity to govern and ensure the safety of life and property in the state. We need to stop this constant bloodshed.

“Furthermore, we urge the government to launch a thorough investigation into the killing of the traditional ruler in Oguta with the aim of identifying and bringing the perpetrators to justice. It is crucial that all those involved, regardless of their position or influence, are held accountable for their actions. The government must demonstrate its commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting the lives and well-being of its citizens.

“We implore the Nigerian government to prioritise community engagement, dialogue, and reconciliation initiatives in Imo state. Building trust between the government, security agencies, and the local population is essential to fostering lasting peace and stability.

“We call on the international community, particularly regional organisations and human rights bodies to closely monitor the situation in Imo state and provide the necessary support and assistance to the Nigerian government in its efforts to restore peace and security.”


On Saturday, gunmen killed two police officers in an attack at Okpala junction in Ngor-Okpala LGA of Imo state.


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