Lawmakers condemn attacks, killings in S’East region

Obinwannem News Lawmakers condemn attacks, killings in S'East region

The Southeast caucus of the National Assembly (NASS), on Sunday, decried attacks, which has led to the killings of innocent people in the Southeast geopolitical zone of the country.

A statement issued by the National lawmakers, condemned the extra-judicial killings taking place in the Southeast, noting in clear terms, that the Igbo people are not known to be violent, to kill or to waste life’s, no matter the level of provocation.

The lawmakers called on the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Usman Baba, to make a thorough investigation towards unraveling the perpetrators of this grievous crime, who intend to cause chaos and anarchy in the Southeast region.

The statement was signed by the deputy president of the senate, Sen Ike Ekweremadu, for Enugu State, Senate Minority leader, Sen Enyinaya Abaribe, for Abia State, Sen Sam Egwu, for Ebonyi State, Sen Frank Ibezim, for Imo State, and Sen Stella Odua for Anambra State.

Others are Hon Tony Okechukwu, Enugu State, Hon Nkiruka Onyejiocha, Abia State, Hon Lynda Chuba Ikpeazu, Anambra State, Hon Jerry Alabaoso, Imo State, and, Hon Ogbaga, Ebonyi State.

The statement reads “We, the South East Caucus of the NASS, as leaders and major stakeholders in the region, have observed with surprise, the sudden spike in violence in the region known for its calm, love, and peaceful disposition to visitors, irrespective of tribe and religion.

“We have had cause always to deploy the instrumentalities of the institution of state, to alert the government of Nigeria, but some of the vexed issues of injustice, inequity, and obvious marginalization of the Southeast in governance structure. Nonetheless, we have not lost hope that the authorities will eventually do the right thing for the continued peaceful coexistence of all people in a United Nigeria.

“However, we are worried over recent developments in the Southeast, which has thrown the zone into violence and confusion.

“Igbos are not known to kill or waste lives, Igbos are not known for this unfortunate violent disposition, no matter the provocation.

“We note the increasing agitation for restructuring of Nigeria and increasing separatist agitation across the country, due to percieved and real issues of marginalization. On these issues, we the leaders across board have consistently cautioned that such agitations must be strictly in accordance with the law of Nigeria, and must be peaceful, and devoid of violence.

“The Southeast Caucus of NASS, commemorate with all who have lost loved ones, friends and colleagues in their unfortunate incidents, and trust that our great country is resilient enough to weather and survive the current challenges confronting it.

” We therefore, condemn in its totality, the attack on the security, personnel and their formations, particularly on the Police, INEC, Courts and Correctional Facilities. It is unacceptable, and must never for whatever reason be condoned.

“We urge the Inspector General of Police to dig deep in his investigations to unravel the actual identities of these unknown gunmen, determined to create a state of anarchy in the Southeast.

“The investigation has become necessary in the circumstance because of the magnitude of the attacks, more so as the region has not witnessed such in the past.

“We advice the security agencies to continue to show restraint in discharge of its mission to restore peace in the Southeast. Security operatives must remember, at all times, that the majority of Igbos are opposed to any form of violence in furtherance of my case.”

Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News | May 31, 2021

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