The Governor of Imo State Hope Uzodimma has told Imo residents that there won’t be any need for residents to wield arms for self-defence. He made this declaration against the backdrop of the Zamfara state governor’s comment on allowing residents in his state to wield arms for self-defence due to the high rate of insecurity in the state. Gov Hope Uzodimma assured residents of Imo state that the security situation is different as security agencies in the state are equal to the task.
Following the statement of Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state urging residents to arm themselves against terrorist attacks, the governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodimma has joined into the conversation. As reported by AIT News, Governor Hope Uzodimma during a state house address in Abuja stated that residents in Imo state are not allowed to wield guns or any form of ammunition for self-defence as the security situation is totally different in the state.
Governor Hope Uzodimma maintains that there is no security challenge in his state and that there will be no need for residents to wield arms. Governor Hope Uzodimma further stated that he is surprise as to why Governor Matewalle will suggest such an idea as the solution to insecurity in the state. He assured Imo residents that security agencies in the state are on top of duty and in full capacity to handle any security threat in the state.
Governor Hope Uzodimma who met with President Muhammadu Buhari before his address with the state-house newsmen disclosed that the president has given Imo state the assurance to host this year’s ‘Army Day’ in Owerri, Imo state. The governor stated that hosting the ceremony will also help boost the security capability of the state.
Governor Hope Uzodimma could not do without expressing his profound gratitude to the president for approving the event as he will also be present to commission some completed projects in the state.
However, the Governor of Ondo State, Akeredolu backs Matawalle on self defense against bandits. The Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has hailed the submissions of Zamfara state governor who suggested the carrying of arms by residents for self-defense. Akeredolu stated that despite such a submission, the idea is not plausible as the federal government will disagree.
Gov Akeredolu who is known to be an advocate of state police once again reiterated his stance for the need of state police.
However, the Inspector General of Police has advised prominent Northern governors, saying firearm’s ban is still in force. Also the Zamfara state commissioner of police, Ayuba Elkana, has also stated that the embargo on firearms is still in force.
Ayuba Elkana said he is not aware of the state governor, Bello Matawalle’s directive, asking him to issue gun licenses to eligible and interested citizens for self-defense. The state commissioner for information in a statement on Sunday, June 26, 2022 stated that the state government had directed residents in the state to prepare and obtain guns against bandits.
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