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Imo residents speak out about attacks on police stations

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By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri

Some residents of Imo state have discovered why they believe attacks on public institutions in the state may have continued for the past three months.

Some residents who spoke yesterday in Owerri, wove it around issues of political patronage, as well as intimidation, marginalization of the southeast region, especially of its young people.

Like others, they claimed that the attacks were a way of drawing attention to the challenges of the Igbo in the country.

Among those who made their feelings known was Vincent Amadi, head of the Imo state chapter of the Grand Progressive Alliance, APGA, said: “Assuming we give these attacks to members of the Eastern Security Network, ESN.

“We know the fact that the Igbo are marginalized, imbalanced in federal appointments.

“The neglect of the youth of the southeast region, the assassinations of the young agitators, the conspiracy against the Igbo not to produce the next president of Nigeria of Igbo extraction and the level of suffering of the bad leaders of many others are making young people feel so bad.

However, Amadi said that when the young people saw that these things were not being paid attention, “now they ask for freedom from servitude to have their own country. I have no reason to say that he is political. “

But, he went further to ask the president of the Igbo National Council, INC, Chilos Godsent, who to some extent disagreed, insisted that the attacks were politically motivated.

Godsent said: “The attacks are politically motivated to achieve political objectives. We have DSS, Police, Army and other security team in the state and you want us to believe that they are somewhere and we allow bullies to cause this damage to public institutions. Is that what you want us to create?

“Nobody can be successful in this type of attack without the corporation of security agents. We have said several times that we suspect a conspiracy. One thing I must add is that the security operatives lacked intelligence gathering capacity and knowledge. “

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