- The political violence and killings allegedly going on in some parts of Ebonyi has gotten the attention of an influential group in the state
- The group, Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has called on security agencies to intervene
- The AESID also called on the Ebonyi state government to institute an independent judicial panel of inquiry on the issue
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A group, Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has called on security agencies to intervene and quickly bring to end cases of political violence and killings allegedly ongoing in Asaga Owutu Edda in Afikpo south local government area of Ebonyi state.
The group specifically called on the Inspector-General of Police and the Director-General of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) to put an end to the menace.
The association also demanded that the state government should be made to “institute an independent judicial panel of inquiry to probe the causes of the killings in Edda.”
In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Saturday, May 9 and signed by the chairman of the association Ambassador Pascal Oluchukwu, the group condemned what it described as “the acts of banditry, terrorism and killings which have been imposed on Edda clan since the current democratic/political dispensation in the state.”
Oluchukwu lamented that “the denigration of Edda politics to this level of outright and shameless political criminality dates back to sometime around the year 2007 when people of doubtful character entered into Edda/Ebonyi political horizon as political adventurers and merchants of death.”
While giving background to what he called political terror in the Edda area, Oluchukwu said findings by his group revealed that there is a group in the area allegedly working with the current serving public official in Afikpo south local government “terrorising and specialising in torture of innocent citizens, beating of people with Koboko horsewhips imported from foreign countries, among others.”
“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. It is aimed at conquering the people by instilling fear into them for political imposition and exclusion,” the statement added.
The group, however, condemned a recent statement by Governor Dave Umahi blaming security agencies for the crisis.
“We will also wish to call on the federal government and human rights organizations in Nigeria to wade into Ebonyi state and engage the government of Umahi to forestall further bloodshed in the area,” the statement concluded.
In a related development, a group, Human Rights Defenders of Nigeria (HURIDE), has berated Governor Umahi over the forceful and unlawful demolition of people's ancestral homes in Ezza North local government area of Ebonyi for the proposed airport project in Abakaliki, the state capital.
The Ebonyi state chapter of the group accused the governor of carrying out the action without exhausting all due processes.
State chairman of the rights group Comrade Sampson Oko Nweke, however, assured the victims that they will get justice through the court of law.
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