Imo state governor Hope Uzodinma has signed two Executive Bills on security and land matters into law after both were passed by the Imo House of Assembly.
The first of the two bills was for the establishment of Imo State Security. A security outfit meant to help maintain law and order in the state and other related matters.
The second bill established a land regulatory and administrative body called the Imo State land administration and geographic information service.
Uzodinma’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Oguwike Nwachukwu, in a statement pointed out that “the two laws could not have come at a more auspicious time owing to the security challenges in Imo and Nigeria, generally.”
The governor stated that the bill was meant to address the challenges of militancy, attacks on police formations and politically influenced violence.
He also mentioned that the law was made to assist law enforcement agencies in maintaining law and order and to secure life and property in Imo.
Uzodimma reiterated that the law on security further strengthens the ban on unauthorised persons from carrying arms in the state.
The governor added that the second law would help sensitise land administrations in the state as well as handle petitions and complaints about illegal land acquisition.
Mr. Paul Emeziem, the speaker of the House of Assembly also expressed his appreciation of the bills. He said that the Imo security organisation law would provide support for other laws in curbing the spate of criminal acts in the state.
He said the Imo Land Administration and Geographic Information Service, would prove useful in the recovery of fraudulently acquired lands and property.