News Ebonyi indigenes charge police, DSS over killings

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Ebonyi indigenes charge police, DSS over killings

News Ebonyi indigenes charge police, DSS over killings

The Nigeria Police Force says its investigation shows that Boko Haram, Ansaru and other terror groups are getting support from some Nigerians.

Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has charged the Inspector General of Police and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) to end political violence and killings in Asaga Owutu Edda in Afikpo South LGA.

Governor David Umahi made a similar call a few days ago.

On Monday, Ebonyi State Police Command, announced the arrest of Chairman of Afikpo North LG, Eni Uduma and the lawmaker representing Afikpo South East Constituency, Chidi Agemu, over alleged involvement in cult clashes.

In a statement on Saturday, AESID Chairman and activist, Pascal Oluchukwu, condemned the acts of banditry and killings in Edda.

Oluchukwu lamented the denigration of Edda politics to criminality, recalling that it dated back to 2007 when some people of questionable character entered into Edda/Ebonyi political horizon.

Giving a background, Oluchukwu revealed that there is a group in the area allegedly working with the current Chairman of Afikpo South LG “terrorising and torturing innocent citizens, beating of people with horse whips, among others.”

On the recent killings, AESID said: “On the 27th March, 2020, a 19-year-old boy, Chidi Oji Arua, was killed at Nguzu Edda. It was alleged that some officials of the Afikpo South LG Task Force went to Nguzu to enforce the policy banning burial of corpses as part of the COVID-19 lockdown.

“Some villagers resisted and the Personal Assistant to the Council Chairman, Keneth Agha Okoro (aka Mukoro) was rough-handled. He was said to have gone back to base to alert his group who went to Nguzu Edda to unleash mayhem and Chidi was found dead after gunshots.

“From Sunday, 3rd May, 2020 to Wednesday, 6th May, 2020, three young men from Owutu Edda were murdered in cold blood. The first boy, Onu Chima Ukpai, was shot dead by an alleged member of a rival cult group.

“On Tuesday, 5th May, 2020, one of the boys, Chinedu Offor Ufere, who was wounded during the Sunday attack and was hospitalized, died. On Wednesday, 6th May, 2020, one Jarun, the elder brother of the boy who was killed on Sunday, went on a revenge mission and killed one Raphael Okereke.

“The recent killings in Edda reflect the brutal and crude political culture of violence and blood-bath which has been used as an instrument of political domination of the area. It is an extension of the regime of terror, thuggery, intimidation and gangsterism.

“The Governor should immediately institute an independent Judicial Panel of Inquiry to probe the causes of the killings in Edda. We also call on the Federal Government and the Human Rights Organizations in Nigeria to wade into crises to forestall further bloodshed.”

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