The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State has warned against the increasing spate of military show of force in the state.
The party said the show of military force manifests in the form of incessant gunshots in civilian residential areas, indiscriminate positioning and patrolling of Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicles.
In a statement signed by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Ogubundu Nwadike, the PDP also listed arrest and detention of Imo people on trumped-up allegations and extra-judicial killing of innocent citizens as daily occurrences in the state.
The party said the prevailing tension in the state is becoming very provocative to citizens, particularly the youths, who are the victims of the militarization of the state that was once rated the most peaceful in the country.
The party appealed to Imo people, particularly the youths, to exercise more patience.
The party also cautioned Imo youths against engaging the military and security operatives in any exchanges that are capable of exposing them to avoidable danger and harm but to remain calm, peace-loving and law-abiding, while the governor demilitarizes the state.
It implored Governor Hope Uzodimma, as the Chief Security Officer of the state, to as a matter of urgency, rein in the military and security apparatchik in the state and sanitize the environment to restore lasting peace in the state.
It also called on traditional rulers, clergymen and men of goodwill in the state to speak up now before it becomes too late.
It stressed that Imo people cannot be endlessly subjected to living in bondage of fear in their own state, adding that Governor Uzodimma should convene a stakeholders’ conference on safety and security in the state.
The party expressed surprise that her advice and recommendations for restoring peace in the state have continually fallen on deaf ears, while instances of insecurity multiply in the state.
The party said it is strongly convinced that the current challenges of insecurity in the state are not insurmountable, pointing out that the solutions need to be determined domestically within the state and not by external interferences.