By Chinasa Ogbonna
Following the discovery of bombs in a church in Owerri, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has announced measures aimed at fortifying the state against attack by the insurgents.
One of the moves is that all forests in the state not being cultivated would be taken over by the government.
Others are that all uncompleted buildings without security men would be demolished.
Governor Okorocha, who made the announcement while launching his “Operation know your neighbour” at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC), said that the programme is part of the security measures.
He stressed the need for the populace to be security conscious in their environment and report any suspicious movement around them to security agencies for quick intervention.
“Security is the responsibility of all not that of the security chiefs alone, with unity, support and useful information, Boko Haram and other crimes will be overpowered. So, your neighbour is and what he or she does”, the governor told Imo people.
The governor vowed to deal with Indian hemp dealers and smokers as well as hotels that Labour criminals which, he said, would be shut down for a year.
He warned that no hotel should check in two or more men into one room and charged traditional rulers to have regular meetings with their subjects to keep track of infiltrators to their communities.
The Deputy Speaker, Imo State House of Assembly who represented the speaker at the Special Security meeting the governor called, commended the security agencies for their quick intervention and thanked God for sparing Imo from the evil plans of the enemy.
The bombs were recently discovered at a Living Faith church on Port-Harcourt Road, Owerri.
The state commissioner of police, Mr Abdulmajid Ali, who confirmed that a bomb was planted at the gate of winners chapel said that the security agencies in the state have consistently by fought crime such as kidnapping, stealing and selling of babies, armed robbery, cultism etc in the state to zero level.
Also, the commissioner for Community Government Council (CGC) Hon. Val. Mbamara said that the launching of operation know your neighbour is an awakening call for all Imo people to make use of their eyes and ears to know who their neighbours are and to use the CGC to maintain peace and order in their communities.