By Ambrose Nwaogwugwu.
Owerri, Imo State.
May 23, 2022.
By the recent escalation of insecurity in Anambra state, despite the so called olive branch extended to the terrorists by Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo; the lies told by criminals and terrorist supporters and sympathizers have been put into extinction — the lies that because the #PeoplesGovernor Hope Uzodimma came through the Supreme Court was the reason for the attacks in Imo; a former aide of former Governor Obiano, Mr. Ụlọka Chukwubụikem has this to say:
“When the madness started in Imo State with Hope Uzodimma, they said it was because he came from last to first position, and that he’s (from the) Supreme Court. They attempted to burn down the State.
“The man in IMO didn’t allow them with breathing space. He followed them up and dealt with them in the language they would understand. They ran and left the State.
“Today, they are in Anambra State, Soludo is not (from the) Supreme Court, he won squarely and was declared winner and sworn in. What is there reason for wanting to burn down the State?” he qurried.
That question is for the supporters and sympathizers of these criminals who justified the then siege on Imo on the account as a fallout of the Supreme Court judgement; now, what would they have to justify that of Anambra State?
The answer is simple and could be found in John 10:10: The thief (enemies of the state) comes only to steal, kìll and destroy. That’s the ultimate intentions of criminals. The criminals are out to cause maximum damages. It is only their ignorant supporters and Sympathizers who makes out their alibis, and formulates their reasons for attack. The common mission and vision of an enemy is that stated in the holy scripture quoted above.
Now, Gov. Soludo must learn and adopt the following vital lessons from Gov. Uzodimma if he is really sincere to fight for ndị Anambra.
- ORGANIZE A STATE COMMUNITY POLICING STRUCTURE: Within his first three months in office as the Executive Governor of Imo State, the #PeoplesGovernor inaugurated a State Community Policing/Advisory Committee.
Like the local parlance have it; politics is local, and so, security should also be local.
With memberships drawn from the heads of security agencies in the state, traditional rulers and community based leaders; their mandate was to work in cohort with local intelligence to fish out criminal aliens within their communities.
Believe you me, in every village or community, everybody know who is whom. Local intelligence thru the framework of this community has aided in many successful raids of criminal hide outs in Imo State and has greatly impacted on the success of the security operations.
- HOST AN ALL ENCOMPASSING SECURITY SUMMIT: Following up and building on the success of the state-community policing frameworks, the #PeoplesGovernor went a step forward by convocating an all encompassing security summit in the state.
It was a 2-Day Security Summit with attendance from the Traditional Rulers, Local Government Chairmen, Town Union Executives, Community Vigilantees and other relevant stakeholders in Imo State with the heads of security organizations and also having the IGP in attendance.
The intention was to harness ideas and strategies of combating crimes and restoring security in the state from the security stakeholders in the state.
This also yielded fruits in no small way as it reinvigorated the intellectual strides in fighting insecurity.
- EQUIP THE SECURITY OPERATIVES WITH WORKING ENABLEMENT:
In quick succession with the other efforts by the state government in fighting insecurity, the #PeoplesGovernor launched a new security operation in the state with the code name: Operation Search And Flush (SAF).
Operation SAF was a security operation meant to equip the security operatives with the right equipment and motivation to patriotically fight crimes in the state.
In the launch of the operation, 100 brand new security vehicles fitted with modern security gadgets procured from Innoson Motors were donated to the security operatives.
In addition, 1,500 modern communication gadgets were also procured at the kick off of Operation SAF to aide the security operatives in the smooth operation of fighting criminals in the state.
All these were in the bid to motivate the security operatives with the right enabling environment to work and also with the right equipments to aid the smooth deployment.
- MOTIVATION OF THE SECURITY PERSONNEL:
The #PeoplesGovernor understood that while the state equips the security agencies to fight crime and criminals, these operatives fights with their lives on the line and in some cases, they are bound to pay the supreme prizes of service to the state.
Indeed, many security officials paid the ultimate price.
While the state took the fights to the criminal dens and hide outs, some of our patriotic security operatives fell in the line of duty of protecting us and making our state safer.
Our governor did not allow that supreme sacrifices to be in vain.
He collated the names of these slain heroes and carefully documented their families.
He doled out the sum of 105 Million Naira for 21 families of the 21 slain officers of the security agencies who paid the ultimate prices in the service to our dear state.
5 million naira each to the 21 families were presented by the governor himself to the widows and families of the slain officers.
Morales of the officers were boosted and they are ever ready to answer whenever the state calls.
This accounts to the relative peace the state is enjoying today courtesy of the leadership ingenuity of our pragmatic governor, very Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma.
As an Imo man, I’m deeply concerned of the horrific news coming out from our neighboring state of Anambra and that prompted me to bring about this intervention.
Governor Soludo must copy and paste these security strategies deployed by his brother Governor of Imo to Anambra State in getting rid of the insecurity situation in his state.