Izombe mayhem: Uzodinma decries killing of soldiers, statesmen
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has decried the killing of two army personnel and statesmen at Izombe in Oguta Local Government Area of the state at the weekend.
Uzodinma who criticized the act on Monday at Government House Owerri while addressing journalists in the company of military and police authorities vowed that the perpetrators of the mayhem would be unmasked and brought to justice.
The Governor expressed dismay over the ugly incident, particularly a situation where bandits confronted the Military Patrol, burnt their vehicle, abducted and killed two soldiers, and made away with their rifles.
He said recent happenings have brought to the fore the earlier State’s directive that anybody, no matter how highly placed, who is in possession of any weapon should return it to the Security Agencies.
The governor said : “Regrettably the time given for such had elapsed. Therefore, anybody still keeping any weapon runs the risk of being arrested and prosecuted and made to face the full weight of the law.”
“Government will go out to fully implement that directive and ensure that all bandits, no matter where they are, are discovered and brought to book.”
Governor Uzodimma said it is no longer pardonable for the people or group of persons to take laws into their hands, regretting that banditry, violence, kidnapping and other forms of crime and criminality have been on the increase since the jail break in Owerri that saw criminals melt into the streets.
He seized the platform to express his condolences to the families of the deceased soldiers and statesmen who died in the mayhem in the course of service to their fatherland and assured that their sudden death will not be allowed to go in vain.
Uzodinma reiterated that the government will do all within its powers to support the security agencies, no matter what it will cost, to ensure peace fully returns to Imo State.
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