Ebonyi killings: Mop up illegal arms in circulation, AESID tells IGP, DSS

•Cautions against political persecution

The umbrella body of Ebonyi indigenes in Abuja, the Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has called on the acting Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and his counterpart in the Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji Bichi to seize the initiative to restore peace in Ebonyi State.

A statement issued by the AESID President, Paschal Oluchukwu, asked the security agencies to mop up illegal arms in the custody of unauthorised persons, particularly party thugs.

Oluchukwu maintained that such proactive measure would go a long way to mitigate the spate of killing and reassure ordinary people in the Southeast state of government firm commitment to restore the security of lives and property.

He said: “We urge the new IGP to kindly investigate these allegations and not only recover such arms from such unauthorised citizens but also adequately protect the lives snd businesses of opposition leaders and members and indeed, all those opposition political parties in Ebonyi from the planned onslaught against them.

“We, therefore, urge the security agencies in the state to act professionally and protect all citizens of the state from the common internal and external aggressors cum attackers. For as we have always maintained, Ebonyi will yet exist beyond the over 700 days that Governor Umahi has to stay put in the Government House, Abakaliki.

“The Governor and his so-called ruling party should therefore learn to live, and let live and learn how to face governance and accountability to the people, not playing politics with every matter, no matter how delicate or life-threatening there may be.”

The group equally condemned the recent view expressed on a national television by a Commissioner for Border and Internal Security, Stanley Okoro, where he allegedly blamed the worsening insecurity in the state on the opposition leaders.

“Like the proverbial bad carpenter who often blames the nails and never the hammer for all his woes, Okoro was only concerned about absolving his paymaster from the blames of insecurity in Ebonyi and setting up leaders of opposition for violent attacks from the agencies of government.

“AESID outrightly condemns this posture of a government that has only given Ebonyians the pains and agonies of blood-letting attacks since it claimed to have connected the state to the centre.”

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