A group known as Imo Good Governance Team (IGGT) has called on the federal government to stop deploying security Chiefs who are at the twilight of their careers to Imo State, pointing out that most of the Commissioners of police sent to the state in the recent past either retired from the state or had few months to retire as at the time they were redeployed.
The President of the group, Elvis Chukwuma who disclosed this while addressing journalists in Owerri, yesterday posited that posting such security chiefs who are about to retire is one of the reasons insecurity of lives and property in the state has continued unabated, stressing that, “rather than devoting their time and energy towards addressing the numerous challenges, they are more interested in enriching themselves probably to cushion the effect of their imminent retirement and the attendant financial crunch.”
“It is unfortunate, ridiculous and questionable that there are security breaches in different parts of the state involving loss of lives and destruction of property, yet all the security Chiefs in the state are doing nothing about it. All you see are soldiers and police men on road blocks in different parts of the state intimidating, harassing and extorting money from motorists, commuters and other innocent citizens under different guises as if that is their core mandate and responsibility.”
It was also gathered that a former commissioner of police in the state, Chris Ezike retired from Imo State while few others who were redeployed from the state in controversial circumstances had few months moreto retire as at the time they were redeployed.
“There is need henceforth to deploy young and vibrant security chiefs who by virtue of the number of years they still have to spend in service, have a lot to at stake to protect, which would also ensure more commitment, and dedication unlike a person who is not only tired, worn out and has nothing more to defend or protect as regards of his ambition, aspiration to promotion etc.”