The security situation in the south eastern part of the country in recent times has remained a major source of concern for the government and many Nigerians, especially those residing in the region.
For instance, there have been a lot of attacks on security facilities, especially against police officers, police stations and police checkpoints. Many persons have been killed in the process as well, with many records of high profile assassinations which occured in the region.
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And in the face of the worsening security situation in south east, there are three states in the region that have continued to experience worse security challenges than the others. These south east states include Imo State, Enugu State and Anambra State.
Even though it's obvious that some persons will likely stage an argument over this issue, but the fact remains that the aforementioned states have been characterized by disturbing security challenges in recent times, and should be given a priority treatment before it degenerates into something worse, or become almost impossible to eradicate.
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Enugu which is also known as Coal City state, used to be one of the most peaceful and conducive states in the country, not until recently, when the state began to face multiple security challenges, which includes attacks on police, assassinations of notable personalities, armed robbery, kidnapping and some other disturbing security problems.
For instance, in May 2021, the notorious unknown gunmen attacked the Iwollo Police Division, in Ezeagu Local Government Area of Enugu State. During the attack, the police station was burnt down and about five gallant police officers lost their lives in the process, according to Vanguard newspaper.
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In September 2021, Sahara Reporters reported that the same unknown Glgunmen attacked a police checkpoint in Enugu State, killing two police officers during the attack. The report further revealed that the daredevil group equally attacked a police checkpoint in Nachi, Orji River Local Government Area of Enugu, and during a shoot out between the police and the armed group, two police officers were killed.
Meanwhile, in July 2021, Punch newspaper reported that about six police officers were killed by unknown gunmen. They were attacked at a police checkpoint mounted along Obeagu Uno-Amodu – Umueze Amechi road, in Enugu South Local Government Area of the state. Unfortunately, the list goes on.
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The state has equally recorded some high profile assassinations in recent times as well. In July 2021, Vanguard newspaper reported how a former Enugu State High Court Judge, Justice Stanley Nnaji was assassinated in the state by unknown gunmen.
On the other hand, Prof. S.N Ndubuisi was assassinated by unknown gunmen on July 7, 2021, according to Daily Post Nigeria. Until his unfortunate death, the professor was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Scientific Equipment Development Initiative (SEDI), Enugu State. And some other high profile assassinations equally took place in the former capital of the old Eastern region.
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The security situation in that state is not one that should be treated with kid gloves, as it has indeed reached an alarming stage. The state has also witnessed a lot of high profile assassinations, attacks on security facilities and others. And it has become worse as the date for the governorship election in the state draws closer.
Vanguard newspaper reported that on Thursday, September 30, 2021, unknown gunmen attacked Ajali Police Station, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State. The unfortunate incident left about five police officers dead and the police station was equally set ablaze.
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So, when you take a critical look at all these, then you don't need anyone to start preaching to you on the need for a state of emergency be declared in these aforementioned states. And the most worrisome and disturbing thing about the situation is that it keep getting worse, with seemingly no sign of ending any time soon. Therefore, there's every need for government to take urgent drastic measures and actions, of which the declaration of a state of emergency in these states is one of them.
Meanwhile, Anambra State has in recent times, witnessed an increase in the number of cases of high profile assassinations. For instance, in September 2021, former traditional ruler of Mkpunando Community in Aguleri, Anambra-East LGA, Chief Alexander Edozieuno was shot dead by unknown gunmen, according to Punch newspaper.
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Then on September 28, 2021, ThisDay Live reported that Dr. Chike Akunyili, widower of former NAFDAC DG, late Dora Akunyili, was reportedly assassinated by unknown gunmen at Nkpor junction, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State. The unfortunate incident happened after he finished attending an event in honour of his late wife, Dora Akunyili, in Anambra State. And the list goes on as well.
This is another state in the region that has been characterized by varying degrees of security challenges in recent times. For instance, there was a successful jailbreak in the state few months ago, when an armed group attacked the Correctional Centre in the state. Meanwhile, the Cable Nigeria reported that about 1,844 inmates escaped during the attack.
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The same night, the police command headquarters in Owerri, Imo state, was equally attacked by unknown gunmen. In May 2021, according to The Cable Nigeria, unidentified gunmen attacked Atta Divisional Police Headquarters in Njaba Local Government Area of Imo State, and equally burnt down the station.
Meanwhile, on the issue of high profile assassinations, the state has equally had its fair share of the ugly menace. For instance, Ahmed Gulak who was the former political adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, was assassinated in Imo State on May 30, 2021, on his way to Sam Mbakwe airport, after few days visit to the state.
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Going further, a promising young legal practitioner identified as Darlington Chidume Odume was heartlessly murdered by unidentified gunmen on September 16, 2021, according to Guardian newspaper. Then one Anglican priest, Rev. Fr. Emeka Merenu was equally assassinated by unknown gunmen few months ago, in Imo State, according to PM News.
Meanwhile, we can go on and on. So, it is very obvious that there's an urgent need for government to take drastic measures towards solving the escalating security situation in these three states, especially now that it can easily be handled.
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