Residents desert communities as security agents embark on killing young people and destroying homes in Imo
Residents of Atta, Obor, Umutanze and Okporo communities in Orlu local government area in Imo state shouted that their generation could be wiped out by security guards in Nigeria.
The population claimed that some callous agents of the Department of State Services, the police and the army have been engaged in the assassination of their young people and the destruction of houses since December 30, 2021.
According to a distress message from affected residents signed by lawyer NS Ezenwata, president of Orlu Indigenes for Peace Initiative, villagers have started to desert their ancestral homes for fear of being eliminated.
In a copy of the SOS message seen by SaharaReporters on Tuesday, 25 young people were reportedly killed while more than 60 houses were reportedly set on fire by security guards.
The OIPI has called on the police, DSS and army chiefs to investigate the heinous acts of these security agents or it will engage human rights groups to intervene.
The statement reads: “The Orlu Indigenous Peace Initiative calls on the security agencies and Governor Hope Uzodinma to end the massacres and destruction of the indigenous communities of Atta, Obor, Umutanze and from Okporo to Orlu, Imo State.
âWe also call on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, the Director General of the State Services Department, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, and the Chief of Staff of the Army, Faruk Yahaya, to constitute commissions of inquiry and to retrieve officers and soldiers who demonstrate impunity and disregard of the rules of engagement in law enforcement while in Imo State, especially in the senatorial zone of Orlu. Otherwise, we will launch several lawsuits against them to fight heinous crimes.
âOur people are desperate to call the attention of Nigerians of goodwill and international human rights organizations to the ongoing massacres and indiscriminate kidnappings of our young men and the relentless burning of buildings which are currently carried out by the combined forces of the DSS, soldiers and the Imo State government have set up an Ebubeagu security group under the pretext of fighting the unknown gunmen.
âThis operation has been going on since Thursday, December 30, 2021 as these previously peaceful communities have been deserted and turned into ghost towns.
âSo far, the lives of over 25 able-bodied young men, sons of the earth and known to many as hard workers and law-abiding locals have been cut short by these marauders and unleash happy forces.
âMore than 60 houses were set on fire and forces marked more than 80 houses to be burnt down or demolished, claiming they belonged to their targets.
The people criticized the governor of Imo State, Uzodinma, for playing politics with the life of the people.
“If the Imo State government and the armed forces believe the so-called criminals they are looking for reside in the communities, they should use their intelligence to pick them up individually and make them face the law instead of resorting to to mass murders and arson attacks against the entire population. local population.
âWhat is most painful is that all the DSS officers and soldiers who commit these atrocities are Fulani Muslims speaking Hausa and Northern Fufulde. It is a crime against humanity.
âThe government of Imo State must be convinced that it understands that its top constitutional priority is the security of its citizens and not to play politics with the lives and property of the Imolites.
“Please share this widely before it is too late for these communities. We do not want another Oyigbo, Odi, Zaki Biam or Asaba in the heart of Igboland,” he added.