Governor Uzodimma (file photo)
Uzodimma to bombard bandits, gives criminals 10 days to flee Imo
.To host Buhari on July 12
By Valentine Amanze
The Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, has given bandits and other criminals operating in the state 10 days to surrender and handover their arms to traditional rulers for unconditional pardon or face bombardment.
The state government also explained that the 10-day amnesty grace by the governor was with immediate effect and would be visited with severe consequences if not taken seriously by the bandits.
Governor Uzodimma gave the warning at the Government House Chapel Owerri, while addressing the congregation after Sunday Service.
He disclosed that the government has decided to rid the forests in Imo State of bandits and accordingly, has procured the equipment for the purpose, hence the need for the criminals, who want to be reintegrated into the society to take advantage of the amnesty and quit and handover their arms.
The governor also disclosed that Imo State would be hosting the annual Army Day Celebration from June 30 to July 6, 2022, stressing that no fewer than 10,000 military personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Police, among others would be in attendance.
He further hinted that they would be led by the Army Chief, the Naval Chief, the Air Force Chief, the Police Chief, among others.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who is expected to declare open the Army Day celebration, has also fixed July 12 and 13 as the period he would commission the Owerri-Orlu and Owerri-Okigwe roads as well as flag-off of the construction of Owerri-Mbaise-Umuahia road (from Fire Service), the Orlu-Akokwa road and the foundation laying ceremony of the Imo International Conference Centre in Owerri.
Governor Uzodimma explained that the roads would still be handled by Cranburg.
While congratulating Imo people for the relative peace in the state, the governor said that effective Monday, June 27, “Imo State will take delivery of military equipment that will be used to clear the remnants of bandits hiding in various bushes in the state.”
He assured that the period of grace given to the criminals would not be extended as those who fail to take advantage of it would have themselves to blame.
“The state is more determined now than before to clear all bandits and to achieve this, the expected equipment and additional recruitment of more Ebube-Agu personnel working in collaboration with the security agencies in the state will be used to clear all the waterways and ride the state of bandits including crude-oil theft.
“All the waterways are under surveillance with the delivery of new Naval equipment to the Naval Base in Oguta,” he said.
Besides, Uzodimma directed the Interim Management Committee Chairmen of the 27 local government areas in the state and the newly inaugurated 52 coordinators of the Development Centres to resume fully in their headquarters and cooperate with their members and the Town Union President Generals to drive the government message on security home.
The governor also reiterated that the LGA elections would be conducted this year, adding that the ISIEC had been asked to resume the process towards the election.