Owerriâ€”The Commissioner of Police in Imo State, Mr Aloysius Okorie, has called on communities in the state to always strive to promote peace.
Okorie, who made the call while speaking with newsmen in Owerri , said that no meaningful development could take place in a chaotic situation.
Many people were reportedly killed while several houses were burnt in a recent communal clash in Akanu-Umuapu community, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of the state.
â€œThe wanton destruction of lives and property will not help in our joint effort to develop the state,â€ he said. Okorie appealed to the warring communities to give peace a chance, stressing, however, that police would restore peace to the area.
He described the mayhem in the area as â€œvery unfortunate,â€ adding that the wanton destruction of lives and property was uncalled for. “There is no crisis that can not be resolved through dialogue,â€ Okorie said.
He said that although members of the public could apprehend suspected criminals, such suspects should be promptly handed over to the police for interrogation and prosecution.