According to Governor Hope Uzodimma, the unknown gunmen arrested by the police and currently undergoing questioning over violent attacks perpetrated by the so-called unknown gunmen, are non-Igbo criminals. The governor revealed that these criminal elements were apparently hired and imported into Imo State and other parts of the Southeast to disturb the peace of the State and disrupt economic activities in the State.
He however stopped short of naming or classifying those behind the hiring of these criminal elements.
This revelation, coming from no less a person than the chief security officer of the State has gone a long way to dispel the belief in many quarters that the ongoing security operations across the Southeast meant to smoke out these hoodlums is targeted against Igbo youths.
We should rather be thankful to the security operatives for helping to rid Igbo land of these terrorists who have in the past few months desecrated our land by spilling the blood of many innocent people, destroyed properties worth billions of Naira and cost us billions of Naira in capital flight. I believe that no reasonable Igbo man would take any action that would hurt his investments and disrupt his business, therefore, the governor’s claim that most of these hoodlums are not Igbos is plausible.
Already, reports from security agencies from across the Southeast are encouraging. In Anambra yesterday, the hoodlums who attempted to set INEC office ablaze suffered heavy casualties as the police successfully repelled them and these attacks are becoming less frequent. We should support security operatives to quickly rid our land of these foreign elements who are hell-bent on setting Igbo land ablaze.