The Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma, said he had met with President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss progress in efforts to tackle insecurity in his state.
DAILY POST reported that Buhari received Uzodinma at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday.
The meeting comes days after the governor ordered Rochas Okorocha’s arrest and admitted that he had also ordered military action in Orlu.
Speaking to the State House correspondent, Uzodinma said he called on the military to put down a recent uprising in Orlu in order to avoid a repeat of what happened during the recent protests against SARS.
He stressed that the situation in Orlu had gone beyond what could be managed locally, hence his invitation to the military.
“Well, the question of the establishment of the army in Imo State? You remember, during the protests against SARS, many properties were damaged in Imo State, police stations were set on fire, soldiers were killed, their rifles were removed.
“And immediately after SARS was over, we thought it was over. Then, kidnapping matters, where you know, a Catholic bishop was kidnapped, killed. And these activists came out and started shooting. We have lost lives, women traders have been killed, elderly women have been raped in the Orlu region of Imo State and they have visited this grave terror on the citizens.
“And then I came here (presidential villa), I pleaded with the President for his support and he sent additional support by sending police and soldiers also entered. And that’s where we are.
“It was at my invitation that the soldiers came. And I did it because I know the situation was beyond the local arrangement, we needed help. And the help was given to us.
“I informed the President that we are already making progress. And of course, you know, the president is a very peaceful man.
“The federal government may be negotiating with Boko Haram, God knows if I get the chance to see a man taking lives. I will face the person head-on. That is why we are the government.
The governor added that the situation in Orlu has now returned to normal and people are now going about their business.
“We are a government; it is our responsibility to protect lives. And while we have the Nigerian army, the Nigerian police. We had security issues, we urged them to get to work. “