The people of Edda under the aegis of the Edda Intervention and Rescue Initiative, a group pressing for the rights of the people of Edda Clan in the Afikpo South Local Government Area has written to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu complaining of about 22 cases of murder, torture, assault, rape and other crimes on the people.
The letter which was received at the office of the IGP on May 20, complained that these crimes contained in the petition had been on since about 2007 with some of them reported to the police and no action taken.
The situation reached its peak between May 2 and May 6 when three incidents of murder by alleged cult groups linked to politicians occurred in Owutu Edda. Next was another incident which occurred on May 10, at Ogwuma Edda where a man, Oji Sunday, 20, who later spoke to the police and the media after his recovery from the beating, cuts on his body, recounted that he was about being buried alive when rescue came his way.
Meanwhile, on March 27, at Nguzu Edda, another young man, Chidi Oji, 19, was also gunned down and his body taken away by the alleged killers. While the people live in fear as they don’t know who the next victim would be, adding that the police in the LGA and state were reluctant to arrest anybody or investigate the matter.
The petition read in part; “Our complaint is about the death of four persons between March 27 and May 6, and not a single arrest has been made. Even when arrests are made, the accused persons would walk free while people unconnected with the incident are apprehended and later released to send the impression that something was done.
“The government at the state level is aware of these incidents and after Governor Dave Umahi had addressed the state and called on the police and the Department of State Service (DSS) to do their work because of the last killings, not a single person has been arrested. The tardiness emboldened the same persons to embark on the torture and said burying alive of another person four days after.
“Almost all these incidents have been linked to members of a group called ‘More kan be done’ which is said to be a terror group serving the interest of a politician in Edda. And some of the incidents not linked to them are still politically motivated and we want answers to all these if there is still law and order in Nigeria, Ebonyi State and Edda.
“We have lived in this anarchy, fear and intimidation for too long and we call for rescue. We have written to the IGP, the DG DSS , the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission and the Chief of Army Staff to come to our rescue. We can’t bear the terror any more otherwise we will be dead. A lot of members of the More kan be done group fronting for some politicians have been fingered in the past and we want the police and all agents of the State to investigate, arrest and prosecute people involved in these.
“We want the allegations proven and justice served because the silence of the past is what made their instrumentality of carnage so potent. There should be a stop now.
“As helpless people who had already ceded their rights to self-protect to the state, we seek immediate and sufficient protection of the state before all of us are murdered and gone,” the signatories to the petition cried.