By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”The recent statement credited to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mike Okiro, that the use of tinted glasses would be completely banned in the South East, has drawn angry reaction from son of late former old Amanbra State Governor, Chief Christian Onoh, Dr. Josef Onoh, who has demanded the IGP to without delay, tender unreserved apology to the people of the South East, for branding them as criminals through his directive.
Dr. Onoh said he received the massage with utmost embarrassment and viewed Okiroâ€™s statement as victimization of Ndigbo, for him to specifically direct the ban only in the South East.
â€œHis excuse is that hoodlums operate with those vehicles but it is totally unwarranted and a victimization of the Igbo because he should have extended it to the South-South and even in the North. Why should it be the Igbo that he must first use as example?
So he is actually branding us as criminals. Which means the South East is the harvesting and hatching nest for criminals. I believe that on behalf of the Igbo, we demand an apology from Mr. Mike Okiroâ€.
Reminded that the IGP could have given the directive because of the recent upsurge in crime, especially kidnapping in the zone, Dr. Onoh disagreed, pointing out that kidnapping did not start in Igboland but in Okiroâ€™s domain.
â€œIt was a bye-product that came from Port-Harcourt and Warri. But when the crime became combated there, they moved down to the South East. If you go by the kidnapping rate, you find out that it is even small in the South East.
There are kidnapping of oil workers in Port-Harcourt, there are armed robbery there just like in every other place. So he should not brand us, the South East people, because I see it as being biased in his opinion and by the directive.