Anambra State, located in the southeastern region of Nigeria, has been facing a spate of violent attacks in recent weeks, which has raised concerns about the deteriorating security situation in the state. The most recent attack occurred on February 18, 2023, when gunmen attacked a police station in Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state, killing three police officers.
The attackers reportedly shot sporadically before using improvised explosive devices and petrol bombs to gain access to the police facility. They then proceeded to destroy buildings within the facility, resulting in the loss of life and property. This incident happened just one week after another attack on an advance security team of the Governor of Delta State and vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, in Anambra State, which also claimed the lives of three police officers.
The situation in Anambra State has been further compounded by other incidents of violence, such as the attack on officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who were on training in Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area, and the abduction of 15 corps members in Ihiala. These attacks have caused widespread concern among residents and stakeholders in the state, and have highlighted the urgent need for improved security measures.
The Anambra State Police Command has confirmed the recent attack on the police station in Ogidi and has vowed to reinforce security in the Idemili North Area. In a statement, the Command called for calm and assured the public that they are working tirelessly to deprive criminal elements of the space they desire to perpetrate their evil acts and enhance the safety of life and property in the state.
However, the recent attacks and the rising insecurity in Anambra State have raised questions about the effectiveness of the security agencies in the state, as well as the need for a comprehensive approach to addressing the underlying causes of violence and insecurity. Some have called for greater collaboration between the security agencies, community leaders, and other stakeholders in the state to develop a coordinated and sustainable security strategy.
The state government has also been urged to take urgent steps to address the underlying issues that have contributed to the rise in violence, such as unemployment, poverty, and youth restiveness. Many believe that addressing these root causes of violence is critical to achieving lasting peace and security in the state.