The AnyiChuks Grassroots Support Organization has raised fresh alarm over increasing threats to the security of lives and property in parts of Ebonyi State, especially the recent killings and abductions in Onicha Local government area of the state.
The group added that it’s highly disturbed by the alarming state of security breaches in the State in Isu, Onicha LGA and its environs, including the latest abduction of the Provost of the Federal College of Education, Prof. Reuben Okechukwu.
In a statement on Friday, signed and made available to The Trumpet by the Director, Media and Publicity, Chief Abia Onyike, condemned the abduction by armed men on Wednesday,19th October 2022 at the boundary between Isu and Agba in Ishielu LGA of Ebonyi State.
According to the statement, Within a space of six months, three prominent indigenes of Isu Okoma Community have been shot dead by hoodlums at different times, while the Traditional Ruler of the Community, Eze Ambrose Ogbu was kidnapped six months ago and is yet to regain his freedom.
The group alleged that the President of the Town Union was killed by armed men few months ago while an educationist, Alhaji Iyi Oji was shot dead just as the Proprietor of Galaxy Hotel, located in the area was shot and murdered in cold blood in his business premises.
The statement further disclosed that private security personnel attached to the Anyichuks Grassroots Support Group was also killed.
“In the light of the above, we wish to call on the Federal Government and the Inspector-General of Police to wade into the security crises in Onicha LGA with a view to unravelling the mystery behind the continuous bloodshed in the area by miscreants.
“We equally urge the Ebonyi State Government and Onicha LGA to braze up to the security challenges which have resulted in the death of prominent citizens in the area. It is the primary responsibility of the government to maintain law and order so as to protect lives and property.
“In the times past, Ebonyi State had been very peaceful but we are highly perturbed at the level of insecurity and violent deaths in the vicinity.
While calling on the Federal and State Governments to collaborate and deploy effective security measures to restore order and normalcy to the troubled communities.
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