HURIWA Expresses Dismay Over Gruesome Killings in South East

HURIWA Expresses Dismay Over Gruesome Killings in South East

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria HURIWA has issued a scathing rebuke, expressed dismay over the persistent and gruesome killings that have plagued the Southeast region for over four years.

HURIWA in a Statement by its national coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, called for immediate decisive action following the recent abduction and brutal murder of Eze Joe Ochulor, the paramount ruler of the Otulu community in Imo State.

The right group presented compelling data revealing a disturbing surge in violence in the Southeast over the past four years.

The organization cited numerous incidents involving government officials, security personnel, and innocent civilians being killed. These incidents paint a grim picture of a deteriorating security situation.

‘’Notable victims in 2022 alone include Kelvin Ezeoha, Youth Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State; Anthony Nwokorie, an INEC official conducting Continuous Voter Registration in Imo State; Okechukwu Okoye, a serving lawmaker; Cyril Chiegboka; former lawmaker Nelson Achukwu; Henry Chukwu, a bodyguard of PDP governorship candidate Ifeanyi Odii ; Lucky Idoko, the APC youth leader in Enugu State ; two police officers and three civilians who died during an attack on Senator Ifeanyi Ubah’s convoy as well as traditional ruler Ignatius Asor who was killed by suspected IPOB members who invaded his community.  Gab Onuzuike , former commissioner was shot dead while Labour Party candidate Christopher Elehu was killed during home invasion.’’

HURIWA expressed shock at what it perceived as failure by state authorities to protect citizens from these attacks or address root causes leading to such violence. It stressed that incessant killings not only threaten Igbo lives but also impede economic advancement and social stability within this region.

Despite alarming statistics about ongoing bloodshed, the group noted lack of sustainable solutions being put forward called upon government to take decisive actions aimed at protecting citizens’ rights and bringing perpetrators to justice.

HURIWA lamented absence of leadership towards facilitating lasting reconciliation emphasized need comprehensive approach addressing both security measures underlying issues fueling violence.

The group called on the government to prioritize safety while stating the need for urgency restoring peace, stability and conducive development.

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