Killing of Imo monarchs: Declare state of emergency – Coalition urges FG
The Coalition for True Governance (CTG) has condemned the killing of the traditional ruler of Orsu Obodo in the Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, Eze Victor Ijioma, and the traditional prime minister of Mgbele in the same LGA.
The group in a statement on Friday said the assassination of the monarchs is an appalling act of violence.
CTG’s convener, Chief Charles Odenigbo charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency in Imo, adding that Governor Hope Uzodinma has failed to secure the residents.
Odenigbo said the declaration was necessary to ensure the swift deployment of security forces and the implementation of measures to prevent further loss of lives and property.
“The state of emergency will provide the government with the necessary authority and resources to combat the escalating violence and restore law and order,” he noted.
Speaking further, he said: “We urge the government to launch a thorough investigation into the killing of the traditional ruler in Oguta, with the aim of identifying and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
“It is crucial that all involved, regardless of position or influence, are held accountable for their actions. The government must demonstrate its commitment to upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens.”
CTG further implored the Nigerian government to prioritise community engagement, dialogue, and reconciliation initiatives in Imo State.
Odenigbo stressed that building trust between the government, security agencies, and the local population is essential to fostering lasting peace and stability.
The statement appealed to the international community, particularly regional organisations and human rights bodies, to closely monitor the situation in Imo State.