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Buhari Promises To Fight Rising Insecurity In Southeast State

Buhari, who visited the troubled Imo State, made the promise while commissioning a road.

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has promised to end the insecurity bedeviling Imo state, Southeast Nigerian.

The President made the statement on Thursday, Sept. 8, during the commissioning of Egbeda-Onitsha bypass road in the state capital, Owerri.

Buhari, while speaking at the event, said  “a society without security and infrastructure will not progress and lucky this is where my vision has tallied with the governor of Imo state. I will use my power as enshrined by the constitution to make the governor achieve more.”

Imo, a state in the southeastern region of Nigeria has suffered intense violence and insecurity in recent times.

There has been tension between authorities in the state and members of the proscribed separatist group, Indegenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).

In April 2021, an armed gang, suspected to be members of the seperatist group attacked a prison in the state and set 1,884 inmates free.

Security formations in the state have equally suffered continuous attacks from armed gangs in the State as police operatives in the States have become casualties of violent attacks.

After the extradition and detention of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB over charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms, and management of an unlawful society, the group  issued  a “Monday sit-at-home order”  to people resident in the region.

The group has allegedly unleashed mayhem on people who defy the order. On Aug. 9, HumAngle reported the death of three persons in Imo and neighboring Anambra state, after members of the group set vehicles ablaze. 

Fear of violence from members of the group has kept many residents at home, and forced organisations closed; recently, the governor of the State had shut down some banks in the state for obeying IPOB’s sit at home order, but had unsealed them after they allegedly signed an undertaking.

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Chigozie Victor

Chigozie Victor is a journalist and a creative writer. Her work focuses on SGBV, policy and security infrastructure. The graduate of English and Literature from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is passionate about helping audiences understand salient issues through clear reporting and multimedia journalism. She tweets at @nwaanyi_manaria

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