THE South East, South-South Professionals of Nigeria (SESSPN) has condemned the current attacks, arson and killings of policemen, particularly in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and Imo states.
After an emergency of its Board of Trustees and Executive on Thursday, SESSPN noted that the targeted killings of policemen, “setting their stations on fire, and carting away of their arms and ammunition” was unacceptable.
In a statement signed by the President, Hannibal Uwaifo and Publicity Secretary, Collins Steve Ugwu, SESSPN stated that the
obviously coordinated killings of the security personnel are grave and “must not be allowed to gain traction given its heavy collateral damage to law and order, much less be tolerated to spread and fester.”
The group called on the Anambra State governor to lead a “rally against this murderous binge for arms, and forestall decisively, the attempt to intimidate the civil populace, cow the police and the law enforcement agencies to abandon their duties, and give anarchy a free reign.”
SESSPN also appealed to all levels of governments in the South East to unite to overcome this variant of gangsters, and nip this worrisome embarrassment in the bud.
The statement stated: “We will stand shoulder to shoulder in support of all state actors, individuals and groups committed to eradicating these elements, operating outside and beyond the law, bent to create mayhem and institutionalise disorder.”
Calling for the unmasking of the sponsors of these criminalities and for the culprits to face the fullest deterrence of the law, SESSPN restated its readiness to deploy “its professional capacity, to activate and energize the processes of confidence building and security sensitization in all its space of influence.”
The statement meanwhile called for an inter regional approach and with the singleminded resolve above partisan lines to battle the menace given the scary scenario of “insurgents and bandits with their swift mutations and alliances.”