By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned that the party will definitely not continue to watch helplessly as some persons with vested interest attempt to turn Imo State into a killing field.
In a statement issued yesterday by the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), John James Akpanudoedehe, the party condemned the wanton attacks on police personnel and formations in Abia, Imo, Ebonyi and Anambra states as well as Rivers State.
The APC statement said “The party and indeed our security services will definitely not watch helplessly as some persons and interests attempt to turn Imo state to a killing field. We call on the good people of Imo state to go about their legal activities without fear and resist these enemies of the state.
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) has closely monitored dangerous developments in Imo State which culminated in Saturday’s brazen and gruesome attack on the residence of the State Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma.”
While declaring its support for the Nigeria Police Force and families of the victims, the party described the situation as a difficult time, even as it mourned the deaths of the security personnel whom it said were innocent and dedicated while carrying out their duty of protecting life and property.
In addition, the party described the attack on the Governor’s residence is an attack on democracy and constituted authority serving the interest of the people of Imo state.
“While we are still in shock over the ugly turn of events in the state, the party sympathises with Sen. Hope Uzodimma and all affected in the bestial attack. We have since learnt that there were fatalities with others injured and maimed during the attack.
“The party and indeed our security services will definately not watch helplessly as some persons and interests attempt to turn Imo state to a killing field. We call on the good people of Imo state to go about their legal activities without fear and resist these enemies of the state”, APC said in the statement.
To this end, the party charged the security services to fish out the perpetrators of these attacks and their sponsors to face the full weight of the law so as to restore dignity to the citizenry and confidence in the system, particularly democratic and security structures.