Philanthropist Writes IG over Unresolved Murder of 30 in Ebonyi

Inspector General of Police (IG), Usman Alkali Baba

Inspector General of Police (IG), Usman Alkali Baba

A philanthropist, Chief Julius Oji, has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, over the killing of over 30 people in Ebonyi Community.

Three indigenes of Ekoli Edda community and a police inspector were also killed on December 26, 2022 during an attack on the Chairman of All Progressive Congress in Ebonyi State, Mr Stanley Emegha.

In the petition copied the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, the business mogul accused the Ebonyi State Government of failing to halt the killings in the state, especially Edda where known culprits of the campaign of violence in the area are let go after each round of killing.

He said the government just set up another commission of inquiry after the recent killings in spite of similar panels set up in the past and recommendations made which were not acted upon.

He said that in the last eight years the Edda community had recorded over 30 cases of murder, arson, rape, grievous assault, and intimidation, among others.

“Today, the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has again set up a commission of inquiry over the recent killings of December 26, 2022 and January 1, 2023 in Ekoli and Amoso Edda respectively.

“Our question today is why the state government is setting up a new commission of inquiry when it deliberately refused to implement previous resolutions and recommendations already made and made available to him that perhaps mentioned the same known actors and perpetrators of numerous crimes of political killings in Edda, whom the government deliberately refused to ensure their prosecution because they are all well known?”, he said.

The petitioner maintained that the likely recommendation of the latest commission of inquiry might not see the light of the day.

According to him, the most worrisome thing among them is that the state government is aware of these known actors perpetrating these crimes and has continued to play to the gallery thereby setting up an inquiry commission that I seriously suspect will only act on the instruction of the state government thereby freeing the few arrested crime actors in no distant time.

He, therefore, called on the Inspector-General of Police and the Commissioner of Police in the state to expedite action in resolving the latest killing of three members of the Edda community including an inspector of police.

It would be recalled that a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) had condemned the killings and destruction of property in Ekoli Edda Community of Ebonyi State.

It said killings of innocent members of the community by thugs, misguided youth groups claimed many lives over the years without commensurate action by the state government and law enforcement agencies.

The groups also called on the Commission of Inquiry set up by the Ebonyi State government to look into the circumstances surrounding the campaign of violence in the community on order to expedite action on the matter and ensure justice and compensation for the victims of violence in the community.

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