the security forces are now rushing to us for help – the inhabitants of the southeast are shouting
Those responsible for the safety of the lives and property of Nigerians are no longer safe in parts of the country, especially in the southeast and parts of the south and south.
Joint security officers in two geopolitical zones have recently witnessed attacks from various security forces, leaving residents vulnerable to attacks from criminal elements.
DAILY POST reminds that in the regions, especially in the state of Imo in the southeast, there have been a series of attacks on security personnel and public facilities.
Even more worrisome are the unprecedented attacks on security personnel in Akwa Ibom and Rivers State that occurred a few days ago, resulting in the deaths of about 12 police officers on duty.
Recall that last weekend, militants attacked the division headquarters in Odoro-Ikpe in the Ini local government area of Akwa-Ibom state, as a result of which five officers and one civilian were killed.
State Police Public Relations Agent Odiko Macedonian, who confirmed the incident to DAILY POST by telephone, said the police command would ensure the arrest and prosecution of the attackers.
According to PPRO: “Yes, there was an attack on the Odoro Ikpe police headquarters.
“Six people, including five officers and the officer’s wife, were killed.”
According to him, among the destroyed items were cars and other valuables.
“I urge the good people at Ini LGA to remain calm as we work with the relevant security agencies and the state government to ensure containment and take the necessary steps to prevent recurrence.
“There is no cause for concern, as the perpetrators will be brought to justice in the near future,” he said.
Likewise, unidentified gunmen killed at least seven police officers around Rivers State on the same day that some stations were attacked and destroyed.
Police public relations agent, PPRO, SP Nnamdi Omoni, said in a statement on Saturday that the attack, which took place at 8:30 pm on Friday, was carried out by “unknown gunmen who drove two Hilic vans.”
Omoni said two police officers were killed by gunmen at a special checkpoint between the Choba community in Obio / Akpora and the Emohua local government areas and burned one of the police’s personal vehicles.
A Rivers police spokesman said the second attack took place at a police station in Rumuji, a town along the Bayelsa axis of the East-West road towards Emohua LGA, killing two more police officers and setting a police patrol van on fire.
According to the PPRO, the third attack was at another police station in the Elimgbu community in Obio / Akpor LGA, where three more police officers were killed.
Concerned citizens in some of the affected areas who spoke to DAILY POST by phone said security forces are no longer safe in the region, indicating they need help too.
A trader at Port Harcourt’s Rumuokoro market who spoke to DAILY POST complained about the state’s level of insecurity.
“Some security officials in this part of the country are always afraid to go to work, fearing an attack.
“I remember recently there was an attack in the area, some policemen took off their uniforms and joined as civilians to avoid being killed.
“There is not a day when you don’t hear news of murders in this state. First, these were cult actions, when rival cult groups disturbed the peace of the state.
“Secondly, it was the fear of the Fulani shepherds in different villages in the state.
“Insecurity in Rivers State has taken a new turn after the security situation recently deteriorated across the country.
“This is no longer an ordinary cult war for which the state is famous. No one is safe now.
“When security issues arise in your area, it is normal for you to run to the police station to protect yourself until the situation probably calms down, but the game has changed.
“Security agencies, police officers, the Nigerian army and other agents are now rushing to us for help. I’m not safe anymore. And our government is not helping anything.
“Our people die every day. I know the wrong Nigeria. How we suddenly got into these unquenchable spruce, I do not know. “
An active member of the National Youth Service Corps serving in one of the villages of Orlu in Imo State, who pleaded not to be featured in the press, regretted that the area was his primary destination, PPA.
The deteriorating security situation in Oryol threatens the lives of corps members in various communities, he said.
“We are strangers here, we don’t know anyone, so when a problem arises, we don’t know where to go.
“Even if the townspeople are good people and treat us well, this does not guarantee our safety. We are in the hands of God.
“Security officers, especially the Nigerian army, have assured us of our safety, but the big question is, are they safe?
“NYSC management should stop sending corps members to this part of the district, possibly until normalcy returns.”
DAILY POST reports that Orlu, the second largest city in the state of Imo, is relatively the epicenter of attacks on police forces in the southeastern region.
However, the federal government on Tuesday said killing security personnel in parts of the country was tantamount to declaring war on the country.
Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed, responding to the ongoing attacks during a press conference in Lagos, condemned the trend, saying criminals would pay dearly for their shares.
According to the minister: “I mean unequivocally that any attack on our security of men and women is an attack on the state and a declaration of war on the nation. Therefore, this will be counteracted by an overwhelming force.
“Known or unknown militants, those who are involved in this dastardly act, will pay dearly for their actions.”
Likewise, President Muhammadu Bukhari on Tuesday at a security meeting held a week ago endorsed new security measures specific to the country’s southeast and south-south geopolitical zones.
Police Inspector General Usman Baba, who briefed reporters at the State Chamber shortly after the meeting, declined to give details of the measures taken.
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