BY SUNNY A. DAVID:
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has urged Government to declare criminals terrorising Anambra State and the entire South-East under the name of “unknown gunmen” as terrorists.
The party said the State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, security agencies, the people of the State and sundry authorities should treat such criminal elements without pity.
The party described the people hailing the actions of the hoodlums as “naive and senseless”.
The National Coordinator, APGA Media Warriors’ Forum, Chief Chinedu Obigwe who stated this on Wednesday at a press briefing in Awka in the State, said it would be detrimental if the criminals were allowed to succeed in destroying the security architecture of the area.
Chief Obigwe, who was apparently angered by the threat of the hoodlums that they would attack no fewer than10 Local Government Headquarters in the State as well as their warning to the State Governor on Monday in an alleged letter circulated by them, urged the people of the State to cooperate with Prof. Soludo in his security initiative of “If you see something, say something” so as to curb insecurity in the State.
He said, “There is nothing like unknown gunmen because the perpetrators of the evil acts are human beings that live among us.
“If we cooperate with the government through the provision of intelligence report to our security agents on how to get these gunmen that masquerade as unknown gunmen, the mayhem they are unleashing in our beloved State will be a thing of the past.
“The undeniable truth is that the so-called unknown gunmen are terrorists and should be treated as terrorists without mercy. Some of our people hailing them are doing that out of naivety because if they succeed in destroying our security architecture, we are finished.”
While urging the people of the State not to leave security in the hands of the government alone, Chief Obigwe, said, “The gunmen that listed 10 councils for attacks in Anambra State should know that they have signed their death warrants because an adage says, “monkey will go market one day and the monkey will not come back.”
“We are of the firm opinion that security is everybody’s business and not something that will be left for the government to be handled alone.Most importantly, we have to be security conscious and watch what happens around us very carefully. Perpetrators of crime use evil minded people around us to carry out their evil activities. When it comes to security of lives and properties, nobody can actually be trusted.
“Even some evil-minded security officials are complicit in the evil activities of these criminals and that is the reason we must be careful always.
“Our governor is doing his best to secure our lives and properties but we must support all he is doing as patriotic citizens.
“Let’s join hands with the government to nip the evil activities of the unknown gunmen terrorists in the bud in our state,” he stated.