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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, has raised the alarm about the extra-judicial killings in the state, calling on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to immediately reign in on Uzodinma to end the scourge.
This, the Party pointed out would discontinue the silence of the Federal Government over the use of State apparatus to oppress the people, gag the press and crush dissenting political voices.
The State Publicity Secretary of the Party, Collins Opurozor in a statement sent to The Eastern Updates on Tuesday asserted that a recent report by an international human rights watchdog called Intersociety has aligned with the party’s long-held position, that the government in Imo State has questions to answer over the killings in the State.
‘We have it in Intersociety’s authority that, over nine hundred innocent Imo residents have been murdered in extrajudicial manners in the last twenty-nine months. This means that at least one innocent person is killed every day in Imo by those who are supposed to protect them. Nothing is ever done to ensure justice is served. Nothing is ever said by the government. Killing is now a norm. This cannot continue’
According to Opurozor similarly, more than three hundred Imo residents have been victims of forced disappearances, while over five hundred thousand young men have fled the State for fear of being profiled and killed. Political opponents have been targeted for elimination. The brutal attacks on Hon. Uju Kingsley Chima and Barr. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, in which family members and political supporters were gruesomely murdered, remain a pointer to the pitiable situation in Imo.
He further added that; ‘During the last elections in February and March, Imo people witnessed another dimension to state-sanctioned violence. Government appointees and APC party officials led armed thugs and rogue security agents to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens in the desperation to capture power. This is everything governance should not be. These atrocities must never go unpunished.
‘Imo PDP recalls with deep agony how a female undergraduate of Imo State University was murdered just in front of the Government House in Owerri by those suspected to be security agents. Yet, the government kept mute.
‘A young businessman was gunned down by suspected security operatives at Amakohia in Owerri on his way back to home. A young lawyer was trailed and shot dead. Another young man who had returned from Germany was murdered at a security checkpoint on his way to the airport.
‘Fourteen unarmed young men were rounded up and massacred in Awo-Omamma on their way to the traditional marriage ceremony of their friend.
‘Eyewitnesses, including the groom, said the killers were members of the Ebubeagu security outfit established and run by the government of Senator Uzodinma. Horrifying genocide is going on in Imo State!’
The statement further reads “Gentlemen of the Press, our Party has documented all these cases of extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses in the State, and has now commenced the process of presenting them before the International Criminal Court, so that principal officials of this anti-people government can answer to their heinous crimes against humanity.
We have also pursued this matter with the Embassies and High Commissions of all the American and European countries to ensure that a total and immediate visa ban is enforced on Senator Hope Uzodinma and officials of his regime.
“Imo PDP urges the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to quickly intervene, upon his assumption of office, to discontinue the silence of the Federal Government over Senator Uzodinma’s use of state apparatus to oppress Imo people, gag the press and crush political dissent.
It is now clear that Senator Uzodinma has lost Imo State. His purchase of a few endorsements has not helped his wobbling regime. He is now desperate, running to his fellow governor for award and validation. But no matter how hard he tries, his removal from power is a decided issue. Nothing can change this.
“The President-elect must respect the decision of the Imo people, and should neither hatch nor partake in any scheme to allow this unelected, unpopular and widely-rejected regime to stay in power a day longer than January 15, 2024.
“We assure Imo people that our determination to take back the State and return it to the path of peace and progress is irreversible. We, therefore, invite all Imolites to join hands with us and participate fully in our movement to make Imo safe again.”