Gunmen Set Eight Soldiers, Security Operatives and Their Vehicles Ablaze In Imo
Gunmen have set two security patrol vans on fire in Imo State. They also set eight soldiers, policemen and personnel of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense personnel, who are members of the joint security squad, in the vehicles on fire.
Witnesses said the officers were burnt beyond recognition. The tragic incident occurred on Tuesday morning at Umualumaku along Aba branch-Oriagu Road.
The spokesman of the State Police Command, Henry Okoye confirmed the incident.
Spokesman for the LP, Obiora Ifoh, said Tuesday night in a statement, that the attack by gunmen was a sad reminder of the security situation in Imo State in particular and the South East where efforts of the state governments appeared to be insignificant and ineffective.
“Our heart goes out to these gallant fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price in ensuring that insecurity is fought to a standstill. We also condole with their families and pray that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“When we thought things were getting better, today’s attack has clearly obliterated the gains of the past, and we sincerely fear a resumption of a militarised zone.
“We are much more concerned that the governorship election in Imo State will be coming up in a few weeks and the campaigns are currently heating up. We know that insecurity is a major campaign issue however, we urge the present government to raise its game to ensure that the exploits of these hoodlums are completely checked,” Ifoh said.
He said that no election is worth the blood of any Nigerian thus the party urged the presidency to take strong security action against the resurging onslaught and ensure that politicians do not leverage the insecurity to frustrate the Imo State governorship election coming up in November.