Plans are underway to give the already established Imo Security Network, strong legal framework to effectively enhance its performance, amid audacious threats of insecurity and other social vices across the country.

Rochas Okorocha
Rochas Okorocha

This is sequel to the passage of the bill for a law to provide for the Establishment of Imo Security Network and for other matters connected therewith, from its second reading to the committee stage by the Imo State House of Assembly members as sponsored by the member representing Ideato South State Constituency, Hon. Ikechukwu Amuka and eight others.

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Hon. Amuka, had in his presentation of the bill, urged his colleagues to give the bill accelerated passage, owing to the rising wave of insecurity in the country, as the Bill when passed, would effectively strengthen the security network and complement the roles of other security agencies in the state in combating crime to its barest minimum.

Speaking on the general principles of the bill, the member representing Isiala Mbano Constituency, Hon. Simeon Iwunze, Stated that the bill was imperative, adding that it should be given quick passage, as according to him, the state security system is at the tight corner and needed prompt assistance to guard it against collapse.

The Member for Obowo State constituency, Hon. Celestine Ngobiwu, while contributing to the bill, thanked the Sponsors for their foresight, but advised that the bill be given what he called a legislative surgical operation by removing some anomalies which might truncate its operations.

Hon. Innocent Obulimba Ekeh, representing Owerri West Constituency, also threw his weight behind the bill, but cautioned against arrogating more powers to the security Network to forestall possible abuse.

Other members who contributed to the bill further advised against leaving the security apparatus at the mercy of hoodlums who might exploit it as a means of victimization against their perceived enemies.

In his ruling, the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Donatus Ozoemena, who presided over the plenary, also called on the Simeon Iwunze led constituted Committee never to undermine the convocation of public hearing on the bill.

Source: Emeka Ahenaku

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