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Why It Is Time For Federal Government To Declare A State Of Emergency In South-East

For quite some time now, there have been various calls for the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the south eastern part of the country, following the worsening security situation in the region. Without mincing words, this is the time for the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the south eastern part of the country.

Though some persons have opposed the idea of enforcing the aforementioned in the region, but the truth remains that, the region has been characterized by varying degrees of security challenges, especially since the beginning of this year (2021). And at the moment, it is obvious that our regular security approach will not solve the problem as quick as possible, hence the need to declare a state of emergency in the region, as quick as possible.

 

But be that as it may, the security situation in the region has reached an alarming stage, of which drastic measures/actions should be taken, in order to arrest the situation before it degenerates into something worse. There have been lots of high profile assassinations in the region, coupled with the incessant attacks on security facilities, mostly the police. In fact, the security situation in the region has plunged many residents of south east into unending panic and fears.

For instance, Premium Times reported that on May 25, 2021, an unknown gunmen attacked Iwollo Police Division, in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State. Meanwhile, during the attack, the police station was reportedly set ablaze and about five police officers killed in the process.

The same Premium Times reported that on the same May 25, 2021, an armed group attacked and burnt down the Orji Divisional Police Headquarters, located at Owerri-Okigwe road, in Imo State. Though no police officer was reportedly killed during the attack.

Going further, The Cable Nigeria reported how unknown gunmen attacked and razed Atta Divisional Police Headquarters in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, on Saturday night, May 29, 2021. It did not end there, that the same daredevil group equally attacked and razed the Magistrate’s and High Courts located in the same area with the police station mentioned above. It was also reported that the same armed group moved to the Community Health Centre, in the area, attacked and vandalized it.

Few days ago, precisely on Thursday, September 30, 2021, Vanguard newspaper reported that unknown gunmen numbering over seven, attacked Ajali Police Station, in Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State. The attackers reportedly killed five police officers, and equally set the police station ablaze.

The list is endless, as the daredevil group has continued to attack police stations, police checkpoints and police officers till date. And if this is not stopped now, it will gradually become a norm in that part of the country, and may likely be emulated by other criminal elements

Also, if this is not checkmated now, it will inevitably demoralize and discourage our gallant security personnels from performing their official duties, effectively and efficiently. Which maybe what the daredevil group is aiming at, to enable them have a field day in the region. And seeing that the regular security outfits and strategies are not yielding the desired result, there’s every need to implement a tougher tactics, and declaring a state of emergency best fits into that.

Secondly, there have been a lot of high profile assassinations in the south east, in recent times. Unfortunately, this issue equally seems to have defied all efforts towards solving the problem. The issue of high profile assassinations has become a regular occurrence in different parts of the region, and equally has become a big problem facing the south east.

For instance, in May 2021, former aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, in the person of Ahmed Gulak was murdered in Owerri, Imo State. In the same month, a former Enugu State High Court Judge, Justice Stanley Nnaji was assassinated in Enugu State, according to Vanguard newspaper.

 Also, the Traditional Ruler of Mkpunando Community in Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area, Chief Alexander Edozieuno, was assassinated by unknown gunmen, in September 2021. Then mostly recently is the case of Prof. Chike Akunyili, who was equally assassinated by unknown gunmen, alongside his diver and police escort in Anambra State, according to Punch newspaper. Meanwhile, there are many other high profile assassinations which occured in the south east just within this year (2021) alone.

Meanwhile, it will not be a wise decision if we decide to continue applying the same tactics over and over again, yet we are not getting the expected or different result(s). Therefore, it is time for the Government to apply new tactics and approach, of which the declaration of a state of emergency is one of such.

We cannot continue to allow these daredevil group to dictate the direction of things in any part of our country, especially in the south east where they have been terrorizing for many months now.

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