Imo State residents have called for more effective security measures to forestall further attacks in the state.
The residents made the call in the wake of the killing of five police officers at the Okigwe South Zonal Police Area Command on Monday.
They also expressed worry over an attack on Ama Hausa and Douglas Road on Monday night by yet to be identified gunmen.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews on Tuesday, the residents called on the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, to ensure concrete plans were made to curb the looming security threats.
Chukwuemeka Okoronkwo, a resident of Douglas Road, said the attacks had become “too rampant for comfort”.
Mr Okoronkwo urged the governor to meet with all the security chiefs in the state with a view to coming up with new strategies to tackle the situation.
He said such a strategy should show how to identify the perpetrators, apprehend and bring them to book.
Another resident, Charles Onu, noted that the rising insecurity could ground the state to a halt if not quickly addressed.
Mr Onu said people were becoming too afraid to take their children to school as no one could predict the actions of the attackers.
He added that the attacks on police formations in the state were to create fear in the minds of the people and to ensure that the perpetrators’ actions were not challenged.
Maria Ebere, another resident, expressed the view that the military should be invited to take over the security of the state to help the governor restore normalcy.
Mrs Ebere said the federal government should send to all the South-east states joint security forces for peacekeeping.
She noted that unless serious action was urgently taken, the situation could escalate beyond what it is today.
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