- It is time for the federal government to allow the operation of state police
- This remark was made by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo on Thursday, April 1
- The group said this in light of attacks on Igbos, including the recent one on Charles Soludo, a former CBN boss
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The apex socio-cultural organisation in the southeastern part of the country, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has reacted to the recent attack on the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Charles Soludo.
Ohanaeze condemned the development in its entirety and noted that Soludo's ordeal brings the number of attacks on Igbos to 23 in less than a week.
The group's national publicity secretary, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, in an exclusive interview with Punch, revealed the citizens in the region now live in fear on a daily basis following the mindless killing of innocent persons.
Going forward, Ogbonnia, requested from the Buhari-led federal government to decentralise the nation's security system by approving state police for effectiveness.
Earlier, Peter Obi, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s vice presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election, had urged security agents to fish out those who attacked Professor Soludo and killed three policemen protecting him.
Obi, a former governor of Anambra said on Twitter that political violence should have no place in the state's democratic process.
The politician tweeted:
"Meantime, security needs to be stepped up, and the culprits fished out and prosecuted to serve as deterrents to copycats."
Meanwhile, the Anambra state police command, said it had arrested one suspect in connection with the attack on Soludo.
The arrest was contained in a statement issued on Thursday, April 1, by the spokesman of the command, DSP Ikenganya Tochukwu, and seen by Legit.ng.
According to the signed statement, the state commissioner of police, Monday Bala Kuryas, led a crack team of police operatives for an on-the-spot assessment of the venue of the incident after it happened on Wednesday, March 31.