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  • News - South East - Ebonyi
  • Updated: January 27, 2022

Group Condemns Deteriorating Security Situation In Ebonyi

Oganihu Ebonyi has condemned the worsening insecurity in the state which has led to wanton killings and harassment of opposing voices in the state.

The group frowned at the arrest, torture and detention of citizens over social media posts and highhandedness by the state-sponsored Ebubeagu Security outfit.

In a statement signed by its convener Dr Laz Ude Eze, Oganihu Ebonyi called on the state government led by the Governor, Engineer Dave Umahi to investigate these killings.

The statement reads:

"We have noted with dismay and disappointment the deterioration of the security situation and rising political tension in our beloved state, Ebonyi. Specifically, we condemn the gruesome killings in Ikwo, Akpoha and Akaeze; as well as abductions, torture and detention of citizens over social media posts.

"We note that two of our members, Darlington Onwe and Engineer Solomon Ukpai is a victim of these attacks and harassment allegedly by agents working for Ebonyi State Government. 

"While Mr Onwe is standing banishment, through calculated threats to his life, for demanding accountability on the disbursement of Ebonyi State EndSARS Youth Fund; Engineer Ukpai wasn’t so lucky. 

"The story of how Ukpai was abducted from his house at midnight by operatives of Ebubeagu Security Outfit, is known to the public. Ukpai was tortured for 3 days; filmed while naked; detained for 9 days and forced to sign an “apology letter” prepared by his attackers. He was framed for “insulting the governor on social media”.

"We have also taken note of various media reports which indicate an upsurge in alleged human rights abuses, torture and extra-judicial killings in the state. The recent beheading of an operative of Ebubeagu in Ekpelu, Ikwo Local Government Area (LGA) and violent protests in Akaeze, Ivo LGA are all unfortunate incidents. We, therefore, condemn these killings and violence in the strongest terms.

They said that another dangerous trend in the state is declaring citizens who are not facing criminal charges wanted by the state government.

"Rather than criminalising dissenting views on state policies, those who proffer alternative thoughts on public policy should be applauded and encouraged because in the multitude of counsellors lies safety and wisdom. We affirm that tolerance for political opposition in a multi-party system is a democratic standard.

"Since Governor David Umahi has condemned the barbaric killings commendable as it is, we urge him to take further steps by commissioning a high-level investigation into the executions to bring justice to the deceased and their loved ones. 

"We assert that reviewing the Standard Operating Procedure of Ebubeagu is a necessity and should be treated with expediency to avert further breakdown of law, peace and order in the state."

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