– Says is long overdue

–         Commends security agencies for restoring peace in Orlu, environ

A human rights group known as South East Coalition For Justice,SECFJ has called on the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma to set up a Judicial Panel of Enquiry to look into the several killings in the state, just like Governor Charles Soludo did in Anambra State.

This, according to the group’s spokesperson, Victor Unachukwu, will stem the tide of the reprehensible situation that has projected the state in very bad light.

Unachukwu, who stated this while addressing newsmen in Owerri, the Imo State capital yesterday, stated that, “it is and would continue to be counter productive for us to pretend nothing  happened in tge past years when criminal elements operating in the name of Eastern Security Network,funded by Simon Ikpa took over the state,killing scores of innocent people while some security operatives took advantage of the sad devlopment to extra-judicially kill our people.

“It is obvious that the activities of hoodlums has rubbished the socio-economic profile of our state and her people whose fortunes have been on downwards slope in all facets.

“That was the case in Anambra State before Governor Charles Soludo rose to the occasion and appointed Prof Chidi Odinkalu to head a committee that addressed the issue holistically and submitted the report of its findings to the Governor last weeks”.

“The activities of hoodlums and the perceived inability of the state government to address the situation has worsened the plight of the people, especially with the high cost of living, as they cannot freely engage in their legitimate commercial, agricultural and social activities through which they take care of themselves and families.

“The situation, aside the hardship, lack and deprivation it has unleashed on the people, has also claimed the lives of many innocent people, especially promising able bodied youths who were either killed in their prime or disappeared without trace.

That is why there is urgent need to unravel the immediate and remote cause of the problem which has become a destructive menace”.