A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Chike Okafor has condemned the mindless bloodletting in Imo State, and called on the masterminds to give the state a breather.
Hon. Okafor, who represents Okigwe South Federal Constituency comprising Obowo/Ehime Mbano/Ihitte-Uboma Local Government Areas of Imo State, prayed God to intervene and quell the conflagration.
In a statement entitled; “Oh Lord, Bring Back Our Imo!!”, the lawmaker noted that the most peaceful state has lost its innocence as a dreadful story is today being told about it.
“There are not many places like our dear state Imo, sign-posted by its capital, Owerri.
“Owerri is an awesome city, with its peace-loving and hospitable people; enchanting nightlife and boisterous weekends.
“But the past weeks have cast us in very bad light and sold a dreadful story to the world, about who we are not.
“We have occupied conspicuous spaces in the news, all for the wrong reasons”.
He submitted that the insecurity in the state should be the concern of all, irrespective of party affiliation.
Okafor bemoaned the lull in businesses, forced vacation of pupils and the jumpy mood of day-workers, who begin to shut down by 3:00pm to scurry home for fear of their lives.
He condemned the wanton killings on daily basis and incessant attacks on security and government facilities and personnel.
“Either Police formations are being attacked and policemen killed, or security infrastructure are being burnt down alongside public/government facilities.
“Government functionaries and security personnel are targeted for the kill and nobody expects the security forces to just sit back and watch the decimation of their ranks.
“But the counter-actions of the security forces must show they are different, humane and more professional than the rampaging hoodlums that have besieged our state.
“Nothing can justify the increasing outrage over mounting body counts of victims of extra-judicial killings across the state”.
He said no innocent man deserves to die for the crimes of these faceless hoodlums, adding that it is a global norm that instead of an innocent man to suffer or be unjustly punished, let the criminal go.