Fear Grips Imo People As Hoodlums Set Free 2000 Inmates Of Correctional Centre - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, April 5, 2021

Fear Grips Imo People As Hoodlums Set Free 2000 Inmates Of Correctional Centre

...As IPOB Leader Says No Nigerian Deserves To Be In Prison

Palpable fear grips residents and people of South - East over the likely implications of freeing of about 2,000 inmates of a correctional facility and police cells in Owerri,  Imo State capital, on Monday morning by suspected hoodlums.

A good number of Ndigbo who spoke wth The Daily Crucible said they are disturbed by the growing insecurity in Igboland, adding that every Igbo son or daughter should be worried too as the worrisome trend could prepare the ground for a full blown insurgency, pillaging of South -east and drift into anarchy in Igboland if urgent steps were not taken to arrest the situation.

One of them, Annene Chidi from Orlu in Imo State, told our reporter that given what happened in Orlu, his community recently and the attendant pains and sorrow on the people, no part of Imo State or Igboland can afford to witness any form of fresh militarization again in response to perceived breakdown of law and order, which the Owerri jail break and attack on Police Headquarters represented.

Annene who is businessman based in Owerri, called on the South East governors, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, traditional rulers and opinion  leaders wade in quickly and bring peace and normalcy to Igboland.

Another resident of Owerri, Barnabas Nwabueze,  also expressed fear over the jail break and alleged attack on Police Headquarters and looting of arms by hoodlums, saying Igboland may be sitting on ticking time bomb.

According to him, all hands must be on deck to arrest the security drift.

Also, a facebook user by name Obinna Osuagwu called on the region's  intellectuals to step in quickly and start engaging and stop the search by bandits for quick fame and power, warning that the current development "is an ill wind that will blow no one any good."

"People who for whatever reasons want my three previous kids to start running helter skelter in a full blown war when we have not exhausted the political avenue can never ever have my support. In many cases, such wars achieve worse in the future.

"The political pathway if spearheaded by very sound citizens has all potentials to refederalize Nigeria or bring about secession with much less casualty and also create stability through popular politics in the emergent country, rather than make the emergent countries a battle of war lords. 

"Person wey de find Niger Delta Republic now now wey no sabi say E go be militants Columbia no get sense, just like I don't trust this one-man show by our own man in the East. We need collective actions. Intellectuals must rise now and start engaging and stop the search by bandits for quick fame and power. It's an I'll wind that will blow no one no good

"If Intellectuals cannot think out an organized revolution for bandits to carry out in the streets, then bandits will think out and carry out their own revolution as dictated by their emotions, passions and stomachs," Osuagwu stated on his page.

However, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has said no Nigerian should be kept in prisons.

Citing a situation where some groups and individuals get freed and rehabilitated by authorities while others agonized in custody, Kanu submitted that no single soul deserves to be in any prison in Nigeria

Fleeing IPOB leader conveyed this in a tweet.
“If Miyetti Allah terror herdsmen & other murderous #Fulani groups, including Boko Haram insurgents, can be arrested, freed and rehabilitated by this neo-colonial Fulanised @NGRPresident, then no single soul deserves to be in any prison in Nigeria. If you know you know! #UGM,” he stated.

Hoodlums had in the early part of Monday stormed the Imo Police Headquarters, torched it and razed vehicles parked within the premises. They, allegedly, also bombed their way into the Correctional Centre in Owerri, the Imo State capital  between 1:am and 2:30am and set free over 2000 inmates.

Curiously, the Nigeria Police, authority of Nigeria Correctional Centre and the State Government have not yet spoken either separately or collectively on the current security breach in Owerri  as of 1pm Monday.

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