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Uzodimma to set up Commission of Inquiry on Imo killings

By Chris Njoku, Owerri

The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has pledged to probe the circumstances surrounding the death of some people in Imo during the period the state was gripped by insecurity.

To that effect, the governor has promised to set up a Commission of Inquiry to look into the cases of killings in the state occasioned by the recent security challenges.

He dropped the hint yesterday when he met with leaders from Imo State at the Banquet Hall, Government House Owerri, as part of activities to mark the 2021 Democracy Day.

Uzodimma told Imo stakeholders that in the next two weeks, the Commission would be set up and the members inaugurated with the task of establishing the immediate and remote causes of the lives lost in the state and what should be done by the government.

The governor noted that the resolve of his administration to implement the Whitepaper on Recovery of Lands and Property in Imo was the turning point in the state of insecurity in Imo but promised that his government has risen to the challenge.

He said it was regrettable that lives were lost in an attempt to secure Imo and the people, but promised that those who lost their lives will not die in vain as they would be immortalised.

“Imo people must know those behind the killings and insecurity in the state and in two weeks, we would have set up a Commission of Inquiry on the killings of innocent people in Imo state,” Governor Uzodimma explained.

He urged Ndi Imo to relegate their selfish interest for the interest of Imo, noting that only those who are ready to key into his vision of sacrifice for Imo will continue to earn his trust, either as friends or as appointees of government.

He told Imo people to join hands with the government to secure the state, noting that from reports available to him, “Imo is now safe for normal activities both in the day and at night.”

The governor reiterated that Imo has always been a peaceful state and that it must be the responsibility of all Imolites to ensure that the peace that the state is noted for is sustained.

He urged them to continue to assist the law enforcement agencies in the state in their quest to work to ensure that peace reigns in Imo.

Uzodimma disclosed that his administration had taken steps to visit and commiserate with the families of policemen who lost their lives in Imo and that through the Commissioner of Police, N5 million was handed over to each of the families of the policemen who lost their lives. “There is no compensation that can equate the life lost, but we owe it a duty to identify with the families of the deceased policemen as a responsible government. We are also looking forward to immortalising those who lost their lives during this period in Imo.”

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