Weeks to the November 11 off-season governorship election in Imo State, renewed violence, killings and threats are not only disrupting governance and displacing residents, they are also stalling political campaigns and exercise of democratic rights, LAWRENCE NJOKU reports.
Tuesday September 19, 2023, Imo State was awoken by another ugly encounter in the sleepy Umualumaku community, Ehime Mbano Council, as gunmen laid siege on security operatives comprising soldiers, police, and Civil Defence Corps.
The group, in a video, which was recorded in Igbo language that went viral, vowed to undertake more attacks, and ensure no election is held in Imo State on November 11 or any other part of “Biafra land.”
Investigations by The Guardian, however, showed that the order had taken effect in several communities in Imo State.
Already, the spate of violence and killings in the state has started taking their toll on the coming election with candidates postponing their campaigns while many who would have loved to participate in the process had either fled or been killed.
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