NIGERIA’S insecurity crisis has taken on a new dimension across the southeast and south-south geo-political zones with law enforcement agents now fleeing from armed hoodlums and seeking refuge within the populace.
Over recent years, Nigeria’s insecurity gas grown out of control with banditry, terrorism, kidnapping, rape and armed robbery now the order of the day. To make matters worse, heavily armed Fulani cattle herdsmen have taken to destroying farmland with their livestock, leading to growth of agitations for the balkanisation of the country.
Across the south-south and southeast geo-political zones, those saddled with the responsibility of securing the lives and properties of Nigerians are no longer secure themselves. In recent weeks, joint security operatives in the two zones have witnessed attacks on their formations, forcing their men to flee.
For instance, there have been series of attacks on security personnel and public facilities in Imo State lately. There have also been unprecedented attacks on security operatives in Akwa Ibom and Rivers State a few days ago, that led to the death of about 12 police officers who were on duty.
Over the weekend, gunmen also attacked a divisional police headquarters at Odoro Ikpe in Ini Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, gunned down five officers and one civilian. Also, unknown gunmen killed at least seven police officers at different points in Rivers State that same day as some stations were attacked and destroyed.
Police spokesman Nnamdi Omoni, said two policemen were killed by the gunmen at a special checkpoint between Choba community in Obio/Akpor and Emohua Local Government Areas and burnt a private car belonging to one of the officers. He added that the second attack was launched on a police station in Rumuji, a town along the Bayelsa axis of the East-West Road in Emohua Local Government Area, leading to the death of two more policemen.