By Charles Nwabardi

Gunmen in another attempt have razed down the country home of the Commissioner for Justice and the Attorney General of Imo State, Cyprian Akaolisa.

They also razed his father’s house in Obibi, Awo-Idemili, Orsu Local Government Area of the state.

Recall that gunmen in 2021 burnt a part of the commissioner’s house.

However, in the latest attack, the invaders completely burnt the commissioner’s house and that of his aged father.

The commissioner confirmed the attack on his house and that of his father in a statement late on Sunday.

Akaolisa accused people from the South East of being responsible for the arson of his house and that of his father.

The statement read, “The Igbos are hardworking people who through their years of toils put up structures and leave developmental strides in their communities of origin maka ‘akụ ruo ụlọ, a mara onye nwe ya’.

“Through my many years of struggle, I have managed to put a block on another to build a befitting house for my family. My aged father also has a house he built through his sweats.

“Today, both buildings are in rubbles and ashes – our fellow Igbos burnt them. Firstly, last year, these arsonists burnt my country home in Obibi,

Awo-Idemili, Orsu LGA of Imo State for no just cause.

“This year again, they returned and this time, they destroyed the buildings completely, burning even the blocks/bricks. And last night, to my utter disbelieve they levelled my father’s house. This is a house my father built by himself – the life-toil of an aged man.

“In otherwords, I wish to put on record that my family house is completely destroyed. This was after they used a truck to cart all the properties: fridges TVs, bed/foams, generator sets and other household materials.

“What are my crimes, who did I offend? And what were my father’s offences? And I dare ask, where is the Igbo spirit? This is a direct affront to the akụ ruo ụlọ spirit. Who will invest in Ala Igbo nay Orsu LGA today under this type of atmosphere?

“The above are acts of arson ongoing in my LGA of Orsu. The complete burning of our LGA Secretariat, the house of my colleague – Chief Prince Ford Ozumba, the Hon Commissioner, Imo State Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity, the house of Hon. Ekene Nnodumele, the member representing Orsu State Constituency in the Imo State House of Assembly. There are also houses of other political leaders which have been razed in my area so far.

“Other ungodly acts are the sacking and carting away of all the Police presence & armouries in Orsu LGA, the kidnapping and killing of well-to-do individuals and security operatives. This ugly scenario has become

a daily phenomenon in my Local Government Area.

“Today, these gunmen (Codenamed Ụmụ Ọma, under the guise of freedom fighters) have continued to demand huge sums of money from mourning families who wish to bury their loved ones and the likes. It is now strictly business! These gunmen have almost made a god of themselves, killing and carniballising at will, in my area but believe me, they will not succeed with our voices up and collaborative efforts.

“Where is the Igbo spirit, ụmụnne m? It is unfortunate that the majority of those who foment these troubles are not indigenous to Orsu but have garnered collaborators and enablers among the locals either through fear, persuasion, financial inducements and made to swear to devilish oaths of secrecy.

“It is time to synergize and put an end to the siege in Orsu LGA and liberate our people who are worse hit by the economic downturn occasioned by the ravaging insecurity. For the enablers and cheerers, It is time for the needed retrospect, soul-searching to interrogate the process so far by weighing the gains and losses,” he said

The police spokesperson for Imo command, Micheal Abattam, had yet to respond to an inquiry concerning the arson.

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