Ebonyi community petitions Buhari, decries troops’ invasion over communal conflict

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Indigenes of Effium of Ezza Ezekuna extraction in Ebonyi on Thursday protested against alleged invasion of their communities by security agencies.

According to them, the alleged invasion by security agencies was sequel to the protracted inter-clan war between Ufiom and Effium indigenes of Ezza Ezekuna extraction in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The community in a letter to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), signed by their solicitor and human rights activist, Sampson Ekigbo, dated December 1, 2021 and obtained by our correspondent in Abuja urged the government to stop wrongful arrest and detention of innocent citizens.

The petitioners said it had been alleged that on November 3, 2021, five contractors whose identities were yet to be disclosed were reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen at Effium community.

The indigenes said following the allegation, there had been indiscriminate arrest and detention of only Ezza people, many of which were productive youths who were arrested in their place of businesses and homes while others have taken refuge in different parts of the State, precisely at Nwori in Ebonyi LGA.

“Those arrested are yet to be released from detention; notwithstanding that, there is no evidence of any sort and/or justification for such arrest, not to talk of detention or their continued detention”, the petitioners added.

They said that since the alleged incident, security agencies especially the police have continued to unleash terror on the Effium indigenes of Ezza Ezekuna Extraction

Ekigbo said, “On November 5, 2021, the police invaded Nweren Ivo (home of Ezza) burnt over 15 dwelling houses amidst sporadic shooting.

“On the November 7, the combined security agents burnt no fewer than 28 dwelling houses belonging to Effium indigenes of Ezza Ezekuna extraction.

“The most anguishing and condemnable part is the incident of November 28, 2020, when officers of the Nigeria police invaded Igbudoke Community amidst sporadic shooting, short three Effium indigenes of Ezza Ezekuna Extraction, looted their estimable properties and burnt not fewer than 38 dwelling houses without reasonable cause.

“Be informed that these unwarranted acts repeated its ugly self on November 29, 2021 at Oriuzor, Igbudoke, Omege where over 15 houses and properties worth millions of naira were lost to inferno at the instance of the combined security agents’ unholy acts.”

The indigenes called on the president to ensure disciplinary actions against erring security agents and any other person involved in the lingering communal war.

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