Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has told traditional rulers to get the names of every criminal in their communities “for us and security agencies to work.”
The order, which is susceptible to abuse, was given on Thursday by the governor when he inaugurated a security council at the grassroots level to proffer solutions to the state’s security challenges.
Mr. Uzodinma accused the opposition and aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of fueling the worsening insecurity in the state.
He said, “The opposition party and some aggrieved members of our party who are hiring boys from neigbouring states to come in here, allow me, I will deal with them. I can assure you, leave that for me.
“So, the people who threatened me that they will make Imo ungovernable before Imo becomes ungovernable, they will be ungovernable themselves.”
He called on traditional rulers to help in the fight against insecurity, telling them to fish out criminals in their communities.
Uzodinma told the security council to move from only organising vigilante groups to gathering intelligence.
“This council must now go home and get us the names of every criminal in their communities,” he said. “You must collect intelligence for us and security agencies to work.”
The governor added, “I had advised that traditional rulers should warn these boys.
“You should warn them because I am bringing a security strategy, known and unknown, to manage the security in Imo State.”