In Imo State, Abutu Yaro Wednesday, the Commissioner of Police explained the reason for the indiscriminate arrests made by some security operatives.
In his meeting with the Orlu branch of the Nigerian Bar Association at the Police Command headquarters in Owerri, the Commissioner of Police said security operatives needed to restore peace in the state.
According to Yaro, the ongoing arrests in the state had resulted from the “emergency situation” in the state.
The CP commended the NBA for collaborating with the command in the fight against insecurity in the state, noting that the Easter Monday jailbreak at Owerri Correctional Centre had exacerbated the state’s insecurity.
According to the CP:
“People have raised concern about the incessant arrests in the state, but what people do not know is that incessant crimes lead to incessant arrests. In the last few months, Imo has been tagged an emergency or red flag state, but we must work hard to restore peace and confidence in the state.”
”As professionals, we must work together to improve our criminal justice system. We are doing the mop-up; we have a law that empowers us to do that. The situation in the state requires collaborative efforts from everybody to end it. The businesses here are suffering. Let us embark on practical engagement with the police on the need to restore sanity in the state.”
“We are not unaware that political enterprise is part of the crisis situation in Imo State. The Insecurity in Imo State has a political undertone. For example, in the last 48 hours, the house of the state Commissioner of Information was destroyed. Someone somewhere told them to do that simply because he( Commissioner) is serving Imo State Government.”
Chinedu Agbodike, the Chairman of the Orlu NBA branch, believes that the police should no longer consider themselves enemies but rather partners in progress.
The NBA Chairman urged the CP to strengthen security in Orlu, noting that the state’s quest to reclaim its protection was a collective effort.