By Okey Maduforo
Community Leaders in the South East have called for the withdrawal of police personnels from no government functionaries, alleging that it is one of the causes of insecurity in the area.
They contended that non government functionaries are given over ten policemen each, hence depleting the number of officers and men charged with the task of fighting insecurity.
According to the Coordinator South East Ozo title holders Dim Bunty Onuigbo; Ezeagu Na Akpu Orumba North local government area;
“Today the South East geopolitical zone is under the deadly bondage of the unknown gunmen and since this week alone Ebony, Enugu and Abia states are witnessing killings in large numbers and the policemen that should fight them have been deployed to some bunch of civilians who are not even government functionaries”
“This was part of our resolution in our last meeting of South East Ozo title holders because how can you have ten or more policemen deployed to one man while the rest of us in Igbo land have no police to protect us ? “
We have already petitioned the new Inspector General of Police to withdraw the officers and men attached to them and deploy them to major insecurity flashpoints to stop these killings”
Onuigbo further blamed the governors of the South East for dissolving the community and village vigilante groups insisting that as a result of this development the group are now being used by the unknown gunmen to fight the people “
“How can our governors dissolve those local village vigilante groups and set up their own and those working for them don’t even know the communities well and cannot indeed identify those gunmen?”
Onuigbo posited that the state governors who have not conducted local government elections should as a matter of agency commence the process noting that with an elected Council Chairmen and Councillors funds for the fight against insecurity would come from the council areas who would pay the village security operatives who know the hide outs of those gunmen.