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Igbo group, Nzuko Umunna condemns killing of IPOB members in Enugu by police, army

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Nzuko Umunna, an Igbo socio-cultural pressure group has condemned the killing of emembsr of the IPOB in Emene Enugu on Sunday, August 23 allegedly by a joint force of officers of the army, police and the Department of State Security (DSS)

The group through a statement signed by the leaders, Ngozi Odumuko, the Coordinator and Paschal Mbanefo, Secretary called for inquiry by the Enugu State government to determine the motive for the killing of people said to have been holding a peaceful meeting.

They also call for justice for the victims of the extrajudicial killings and punishment of the killers.

The statement made available to the press noted that: “Nzuko Umunna views with shock and deep concern the extra-judicial killings that occurred on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at Emene, Enugu State involving Igbo youths and operatives of the Nigerian Police, Department of State Service (DSS) and Nigerian Army.

We commiserate with all the families that lost their loved ones in the latest bloodletting.

Nzuko Umunna notes that there are widespread reports that these extra-judicial killings took place when security operatives invaded a peaceful meeting of the youths, while the Enugu State Commissioner of Police Ahmed Abdurahman conceded that many of the youths “escaped with bullet wound and police have started tracing them.”

We note with grave concern the constant killing of unarmed Igbo youths by security operatives. This is unacceptable and must stop. However, we urge Igbo youths to refrain from retaliatory attacks.

It is noteworthy that extra-judicial killings are a violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR), and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Nzuko Umunna commends Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his prompt visit to the scene of the extra-judicial killings. In particular, we urge the governor to set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to unravel the causes of these wanton killings including the exact number of victims, to bring the killers to justice.

Nzuko Umunna requests the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Honourable Justice Priscilla Emehelu to urgently convene a coroner’s inquest on these extra-judicial killings.

In finding a sustainable framework towards resolving the longstanding security challenges and extra-judicial killings in the region, we urge the South East Governors Forum (SEGF) and the South East Joint Security Committee to urgently activate the long-awaited regional security network to reassure citizens on the security of lives and property.

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