The Imo State Commissioner of Police, Abutu Yaro has attributed the worsening security situation in the state to the jailbreak that took place at the Correctional Centre in Owerri on Monday, April 5, this year.
Yaro stated this when he played host to the executive of the Nigeria Bar Association NBA, Orlu Branch in his office at the state Police Command headquarters in Owerri.
According to him, the Easter Monday jailbreak at the Owerri Correctional Centre had worsened insecurity in the state.
He explained that the indiscriminate arrests of citizens by security agents were warranted by the emergency situation in the state.
The CP said, “People have raised concern about the incessant arrests in the state, but what people do not know is that incessant crimes lead to incessant arrests.
“In the last few months, Imo has been tagged an emergency or red flag state but we must work hard to restore peace and confidence in the state.
“As professionals, we must work together to improve our criminal justice system. We are doing mop-up; we have a law that empowers us to do that. The situation in the state requires collaborative efforts from everybody. Businesses are suffering. Let us embark on practical engagement with the police, in order to restore sanity in the state.
“We are not unaware that ‘political enterprise’ is partly responsible for the crisis in Imo State. Insecurity in Imo State has a political undertone. Within the last 48 hours, the house of the state Commissioner of Information was destroyed. Someone somewhere told them to do that simply because he (commissioner) is serving the Imo State Government
The CP disclosed that security operatives are working hard to restore peace in the state.
He commended the NBA for partnering with the command in the fight against insecurity in the state.
Earlier, the Orlu NBA Branch Chairman, Chinedu Agbodike, counseled the police to start seeing lawyers as partners in progress, not as enemies.
Agbodike requested the CP to improve on security in Orlu, adding that the quest to restore security in the state was a collective one.