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The United States Embassy has duly received and acknowledged a petition written by the Human Rights Writers Association HURIWA against Governor, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state.
For what they called the governor’s ‘barbaric use of the Ebubeagu militia to commit crimes against humanity,’ the petitioners asked for a travel restriction on him.
They asked other foreign embassies to forcefully object to Umahi or his family leaving Nigerian territory.
HURIWA, who had earlier on addressed a World Press Conference, had said it would continue its campaign against the governor until he stops using the private police to intimidate citizens.
In a 5 page letter signed by HURIWA’s country director Amina Mohammed, the group outlined the nefarious activities of the militia group and its numerous attacks on opposition politicians.
It also cautioned the nation’s security to beam it’s searchlight on Governor Umahi collusion with the body to cause harm to opponents, stressing the need to disband the outfit.
Relatedly, the erstwhile commissioner of police in the state mentioned in the petition, Aliyu Garba, has since been redeployed out of Ebonyi. A new Commissioner of Police has taken over. Garba removal was one of the reliefs sought by petitioners.
HURIWA had recently condemned recurring attacks on political opponents and non-members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi State.
The National Coordinator, HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, made this call in Abuja, at the press briefing, urged the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba to change the Police Commissioner in the state, Aliyu Garba for alleged complicity and for reportedly working in cahoots with the Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi; and the ruling APC in the state to terrorise opposition parties.
The organisation spoke of the blatant manifestation of anti-democratic tendencies in Ebonyi and threatened to petition international embassies, particularly those in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, regarding the increased dangers to the lives of political opposition leaders in Ebonyi State.