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Imo Attack: Let’s Talk Straight ~ By Kissinger Ikeokwu


The area housing Imo Police Command and the Owerri Prisons is known as a fortress. It is the 2nd most safe guarded place in Imo State outside Obinze 34 Field Artillary Brigade.

What gives it that sense of invincibility is that the Prisons share fence with the State Police Command which houses about 5-6 tactical teams behind it with personnel who keep watch 24 hours guarding their high valued criminal suspects from State CID, SCIB, Scorpion Squad, Monitoring Unit, Anti-Cult, etc. side their personnel on night shifts they coordinate with their various Patrol Teams who work 12 hours sound the clock and always ready to be called upon and be directed to places of interest.

Next is the Old DSS Headquarters, next is the Shell Camp Police Division and next is the powerful Anti-Kidnapoing Unit. But that is not all the reason the area is dreaded. The Barracks houses good number of Senior Police Officers and the Rank and Files in on and off duty. But the biggest is that next is the Government House with it’s retinue of Security for all round protection to the Governor and the Keypoint. But much more is the next Fence Booooom… The Oga kpatakpata of them all… The Resident of the Commander 34 Field Artillary Brigade Obinze always occupied by a Brigadier General. Then few walls the Commissioner of Police Resident.

In the past no one dated mess up in these areas because while attacking one, there is fear the others from the other high valued targets would regroup and launch a deadly cover fire.

So how did these people dare all the consequences to attack these heavily fortified bases without any urgency or surreptitious operation? How come none of the security personnel attached to those other high valued bases not regroup to organise a counter operation?

We may be in for the worst in terms of security as a nation. The way people attack military formations suggest the Nigerian military and security agencies may have lost the fear factor. These happens when citizens have lost all sense of patrotism following decades of lack of investment in human resource capital. The situation has degenerated to a state where citizens feel to die is not different from being alive. Citizens embrace life of jungle as militia away from the comfort of civil living.

We are living in troubling times

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