Uzodimma To Bandits: Come Out Of Your Caves, Accept Amnesty In 10 Days Or Get Ready For Bombardments

Michael Chukwuebuka, Reporting

Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has granted a 10-day window to bandits and crude oil thieves operating and hibernating in the forests in Imo to surrender or face military bombardments.

He warned the bandits to evacuate immediately and surrender themselves and their arms to their traditional rulers for unconditional pardon or be ready for extinction.

Addressing the congregation during Sunday Service at the Government House Chapel, Owerri, Governor Uzodimma said that government has decided to rid the forests in Imo State of bandits.

To achieve this, he said his government has procured the necessary equipment for the purpose, the reason he’s offering the amnesty.

He also disclosed that Imo State will be hosting the annual Army Day Celebration from June 30 to July 6, 2022 and that no fewer than 10, 000 military personnel drawn from the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Police, among others  would be in attendance.

He said they would be led by the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff, the Air Force Chief, and the Inspector General of Police, among others.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to declare open the Army Day celebration.

He’s also billed to inaugurate, between July 12 and 13, the Owerri-Orlu and Owerri-Okigwe roads as well as perform the ground-breaking ceremony of the construction of Owerri – Mbaise – Umuahia (from Fire Service) and  the Orlu-Akokwa roads and that of the Imo International Conference Centre in Owerri.

Governor Uzodimma said the new roads would still be handled by Cranburg.

He, however, congratulated Imo people for the relative peace that has returned to the state, explaining that effective Monday, June 27,  “Imo State will take delivery of military equipment that will be used to clear the remnants of bandits hiding in various bushes in the state.”

He further warned that bandits still operating under any cover in the forests to come out of their caves in 10 days to embrace amnesty.

He emphasised that the period of grace will not be extended as those who fail to take advantage of it will have themselves to blame.

“The state is more determined now than before to clear all bandits and to achieve this, the expected equipment and additional recruitment of more Ebube-Agu personnel working in collaboration with the security agencies in the state will be used to clear all the waterways and rid the state of bandits including crude-oil theft.

“All the waterways are under surveillance with the delivery of new naval equipment to the Naval Base in Oguta,” he disclosed.

Meanwhile, Governor Uzodimma has directed the Interim Management Committee Chairmen of the 27 local government areas in the state and the newly-inaugurated 52 coordinators of the Development Centres to resume fully in their headquarters.

He encouraged them to cooperate with their members and the Town Union President-Generals to drive home the government’s message on security.

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