House Member Accuses Security Agents of Extra Judicial Killings in Imo
By Udora Orizu
A member of the House of Representatives representing Abor Mbaise and Ngor Okpala federal constituency of Imo State, Hon. Bede Eke, yesterday alleged that security agents were killing people in the state.
Eke who addressed journalists in Abuja, said the killings were coming on the heels of the recent murder of the former presidential adviser and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Ahmed Gulak in Owerri, Imo State.
He listed the names of some of the victims of extrajudicial killings by security agents in the state as Noel Chigbu Nzeribe and Tochi Ekwe, while Ekwe’s kinsmen were missing.
The lawmaker lamented that some of his constituents had fled to the bush due to fear of being harassed by security operatives in their homes.
He appealed to the security agencies to stop killing innocent people, adding that the police and Army should conduct discreet investigations to identify the perpetrators of Gulak and bring them to justice rather than mass intimidation and killings of his constituents.
‘’Recently in Imo State, so many issues and security challenges have been on and I want to tell you that we have had casualties; some of my constituents killed and we expect the police and the military to unravel the killers of these people. These are innocent citizens, I am aware that the family of these constituents of mine has written a petition to the Nigerian Army.
We lost a young man who until his death owned a Shawarma shop just to make ends meet. He was shot by the Army. The reason was that he did not obey the rules at a checkpoint.
“As a representative of my people, for us, I want to make it known to the world that we are waiting for the outcome of that petition. And as a representative of the people, I am giving the Nigerian Army 14 days to respond to the killing of that gentleman who left a pregnant and expectant mother and two children – three and two. What will become of those children, even the one that is yet unborn? I have photos and videos of people being killed. Our people can no longer sleep in their houses. My constituents called me to speak for the world to hold the security agents responsible if my people are killed.’’