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  • Updated: February 19, 2024

Imo residents raise alarm over influx of strangers, hunters with dogs

Imo residents raise alarm over influx of strangers, hunters

Tension is beginning to brew in Imo state following the gradual invasion of unknown faces in the state especially the state capital, Owerri.

Some residents of Owerri who spoke to our reporter said strangers, on a regular basis, are being dumped by trailers into Avu, Obinze in Owerri-west LGA and several other suburbs of Imo.

A resident in Owerri Municipal who spoke to our reporter on the condition of anonymity said the police, army and other security agencies should not pretend to be unaware of the development even as he said those strangers always congregate near any military zone or establishment in the state.

The resident said by his rough count, over 90% of Okada riders operating in Obinze, Avu and FUTO areas of the state are unknown faces and barely speak Igbo.

He further likened the presence of the strangers in Imo to that of Plateau State where strangers gradually dominated their communities and unleashed terror on the people.

He said, "If we are not careful with the daily influx of strange elements into Imo, I'm afraid, the state may be worse than Plateau where hundredths are slaughtered in one snap.

"I was in FUTO in Owerri recently and discovered that more than 90% of Okada riders inside the school are strangers. This is how it took root in Plateau State.

"Gradually, they are penetrating every nook and cranny of the state. Let me tell you that I have the history of Plateau in my palms. I was born in Manguna, a little village in Bokkos more than 63 years ago.

"My father used to be a cattle rearer before finally relocating home in 1990. I see a particular pattern of Plateau crisis taking root in Imo. We need to be careful.

"You should ask yourselves why these strangers often chose to congregate close to military establishments. We should be alert and find a way to protect ourselves from the unknown enemies surrounding us.

"Our security agencies too should step up actions and interrogate this set of strangers, know their mission and where the sleep at night in order not to be taken unawares when they will strike."

Another resident who pleaded anonymity had this to say, "As we speak, another trailer load of Northerners and dogs are currently at Njaba River entering the capital City of Owerri, their probable destination.

"Some are dumped at Avu Junction and Nekede Cluster Market. All military and police checkpoints should not allow the offloading of these people and their dogs in Imo again!

"It's amazing that with all these alarm people are raising, the government and security agencies have not come to make a statement, nor clarification as to know the intents and mission of these strange hunters.

"All we are saying is the security and safety of all Imolites is sacrosanct. Any single security alert should be looked into by the police and army in order not to be taken unawares."

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