Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma has said that there is the compelling need to strengthen security in the rural areas of Imo state because it has being discovered that the recent security-related developments demands that security be beefed up at the rural areas as a way of reducing the vulnerability of the people in the hands of hoodlums.
He also said that the state is set to implement the Security Organization Law recently signed. The implementation he said, will be in an indigenous manner that reflects a Bottom-Top- Approach.
Recall that in May, 2021, Gov Uzodimma signed an Executive Bill to establish the Imo State Security Organisation to assist in maintaining law and order in the state and related matters therein.
Speaking at a security council meeting with Traditional Rulers across the 27 local government area of the state, and the Chairmen of the Interim Management Committee (IMC), on Thursday, Uzodinma said it is regrettable that reports have indicated that most of those who carried out the hatchet jobs in the communities around the state are from the localities, hence the need for the Traditional rulers and IMC Chairmen and others at the Local Government and Autonomous Communities to put heads together to stop the menace.
“We have urged individuals in custody of illegal arms and ammunition to submit them to security agencies as the window of grace for them to do so still abound.
“The monarchs and the police are also expected to work in tandem with the Interim Management Committee (IMC) Chairmen and Town Union Presidents across the 27 Local Government Areas of the State for the exercise.
“Therefore, we have mandate them to ensure that no arm or weapon is found in the hands of people not authorised to hold such. Any incident again that is blamed on complacency, the IMCs and the Traditional Rulers will be held responsible,” the Imo state Governor said.
Gov Uzodinma directed the Traditional Rulers to “warn their subjects who have turned themselves into willing-tools in the hands of the devils to traumatize Imo people to desist forthwith or have themselves to blame as his administration is about to implement the Security Organization Law.”
He noted that the implementation will take the form of a Security Council existing in the localities with the Traditional rulers as the Chairmen and members to include President General of Town Unions, Youth Leaders, Woman Leaders and others.
“The functions of the Security Council will among others, include: fishing out the criminals in the communities and collating intelligence for security agencies to work with. I seized the opportunity to send out a warning to detractors and those threatening to make Imo State ungovernable that we will never fold our arms and allow them succeed,” he said.