Kanu’s lawyer, gov’s aide differ over Imo invasion

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The Indigenous People of Biafra, on Sunday, released gory videos and photographs of the attack on Orsu-Ihiteukwa community in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State allegedly by members of the Ebubeagu security outfit.

The organisation blamed the attack on Governor Hope Uzodimma, accusing him of ordering the security operatives to carry out the incident which included attacks on buildings, killing of citizens and burning of houses and shops.

Counsel for Nnamdi Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, made the allegation in a statement titled, “Black weekend in Orsu-Ihiteukwa, Orsu LGA of Imo State.”

Reacting, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Oguwike Nwachukwu, in an interview with The PUNCH, exonerated Uzodimma from the attacks.

He said, “You know that people can allege anything against the governor because it gives them joy to do so.

“But to answer you directly, Governor Uzodimma has never and will never instruct security operatives or anybody for that matter to kill innocent people.

“Please, get in touch with security agencies because the concern you have raised bothers on security.

“However, let me say it is unfortunate that we often ignore the operational rule of the engagement that exists within the security agencies, with their different hierarchies taking responsibility for their actions; but it’s not fair to resort to mischievous finger-pointing at Governor Uzodimma.”

Ejiofor, quoting “verifiable and credible eyewitness accounts,” said the hitherto peaceful community “was last weekend, invaded by the combined team of Ebubeagu and the Nigerian Army.”

He said, “It is heart-rending that at this period of economic downturn, the only available daily market in the community, where the downtrodden go to for communal trade in search of their daily bread, was completely razed to the ground, and homes burnt by these evil monsters acting on behalf of the state government.

“Indigenes of the community were thrown into this unexpected horror, and out of fear, they fled from their homes. Right now, Orsu-Ihiteukwa is a ghost town.

“We ask the governor if there could there be any justification, whatsoever, under any known law in Nigeria, as well as the international jurisprudence, that sanctioned this oppressive, barbaric, wicked, soulless and evil destruction of the lives and property of his people that he swore to protect.

“We, therefore, call for the immediate arrest and prosecution of all those involved in these inhuman, wicked, and barbaric acts.”

Imo now peaceful

Meanwhile, Uzodimma, on Sunday, said the state was now witnessing peace and orderliness.

The governor, who spoke at the Government House chapel while thanking the people of the state for coming out in en masse to receive the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), last Tuesday, said his administration was working for the good of the state.

The governor’s spokesperson disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

“The governor said he is not in doubt that the prayers of Imo people are working, noting that “by the grace of God, Imo State has been restored to peace and order,” the statement read in part.


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