Catholic Archbishop to Hope Uzodimma: Step up and stop the killings in Imo state

Catholic Archbishop to Hope Uzodimma: Step up and stop the killings in Imo state

- The insecurity in Imo has become a source of worry to many residents in the once peaceful southeast state

- One of such persons worried about the crisis in the state is the respected Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev Anthony J.V Obinna

- The Archbishop has tasked the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma to ensure the safety of the people

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Owerri- The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev Anthony J.V Obinna has charged Governor Hope Uzodimma to protect Imo people and defend their land.

Archbishop Obinna stated that the governor must step up and stop the killings in the state before the situation goes out of hand.

The Archbishop made the call in a statement released on Thursday, June 3, and seen by Legit.ng.

The respected cleric urged the governor to convoke a ceasefire meeting of all stakeholders in the state, adding that a concerted approach to the crisis is needed urgently.

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Catholic Archbishop to Hope Uzodimma: Step up and stop the killings in Imo state
The Catholic Archbishop tasked Governor Hope Uzodimma to secure the state. Photo credit: @Hope_Uzodimma1
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Part of the statement read:

“On behalf of the already killed and even more, on behalf of the living now threatened daily with brutal death, I charge Governor Hope Uzodimma as the Chief Security Officer for Imo people to step up and stop the killings by whoever is responsible for them.
“I equally charge all users and abusers of guns and deadly weapons to stop the killings, to renounce violence, and denounce any show of pride in killing fellow human beings.
“I urge the governor to convoke a ceasefire meeting of all Imo stakeholders, no matter this disposition or leaning, for a concerted approach to quench the bloody fire already ravaging Imo people and destroying Imo state.”

The once peaceful southeast state has continued to witness unprecedented killings in the last few weeks.

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Recall that two Nigerian Air Force (NAF) personnel attached to Air Force Regiment in Owerri were recently shot dead.

The Imo state commissioner of police, Abutu Yaro, confirmed the incident to a national newspaper on Saturday, May 29 during a telephone conversation.

He said that the deceased officers had gone to a selling point around the area to buy food to eat when they were shot dead by unknown gunmen.

Meanwhile, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has advised northerners to avoid travelling to the southeast for now in view of the prevailing security situation in the region.

The ACF advised those embarking on essential trips to the region should employ the services of security agents to protect them.

The advice was contained in a statement issued by the national chairman of ACF, Chief Audu Ogbeh, on Monday, May 31.

Source: Legit.ng

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