Ebubeagu killings : HURIWA petitions NASS, wants committee to investigate killing of Imo wedding guests

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A civil rights organisation, HURIWA, has urged the National Assembly’s public petitions committee to investigate the alleged massacre on their own for the benefit of the public after learning about the purported slaughter of numerous wedding guests in Imo State by Ebubeagu.

According to the Civil Society Group HURIWA, the National Assembly’s committees on public petitions should initiate a public, transparent, and impartial investigation into the alleged murders of more than a dozen wedding guests in Awo-omama, Imo State, by ebubeagu.

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Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, the national coordinator of HURIWA, gave the senator who represents the people instructions to act quickly to prevent the slaughter from being covered up.

 

The governor of Imo State and the DSS are each giving a different account of the killings, which the villagers claim were carried out in the manner of a public execution by the Ebubeagu. However, the governor and the DSS both claim that those killed were members of the Eastern Security network, which HURIWA described as totally obscene, unconstitutional, and even unconscionable. Given the stark discrepancy between all of the allegations regarding the killings, it is imperative that the MPs in Abuja take action to protect human rights.

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The DSS is alleged to have claimed that those killed died during an exchange of fire, which is in direct opposition to the claims made by the villagers who initially raised the alarm. Days after the alleged wedding guests were allegedly murdered, the civil rights organisation said it is shocking.

The rights group argued that it is now crucial that the country is informed of what actually happened, and HURIWA asserted that Nigeria is the only country in the world where armed security personnel can kill citizens at will, labelling them as bandits or simply inventing any justification.

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Additionally, there is no independent agency funded by taxpayers to conduct a forensic investigation to determine whether the killing was justified.

In most civilised nations, the National Assembly offers this precaution, but HURIWA questioned why there are so many reported cases of individuals being allegedly executed extrajudicially by security personnel while there are no reassuring institutional mechanisms for accountability.

HURIWA remembered that the Department of State Services (DSS) had filed complaints against seven individuals in Imo State who were allegedly wedding guests. The DSS stated the victims were accused members of the Eastern Security Network (ESN) in what it called its clarification of the “Awomama Killings” yesterday in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.

Contrary to initial reports, the DSS stated that the victims killed on Sunday were ESN members and not visitors leaving a wedding celebration. When it paraded the suspect at the command in Owerri, the agency disclosed this in a statement that was made available to press reporters. In a ferocious gunfight last Sunday between a joint security team and the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed affiliate, Eastern Security Network, the DSS said the victims were killed.

 

If the public petitions committees don’t start an investigation into this allegation of a massacre of civilians, Imo citizens, which has already gone viral around the world, HURIWA said it will on its own be sending a petition to the National Assembly soon. It also dismissed the claims of the Imo State Governor and the DSS as unsatisfactory and biassed.

The group argued that because Nigeria is a constitutional democracy and not the banana republic that both the governor of Imo State and the DSS’s accounts of the incident have painted the country as, the National Assembly must intervene right away and transparently gather claims and counterclaims regarding the incident before coming to a decision that will be acceptable.

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“Why would Ebubeagu fire their bullets to kill people on motorcycles, assuming without acknowledging that those deceased weren’t wedding guests as alleged by Hope Uzodima?

The governor of Imo State should have taken a neutral stance before conducting an investigation into the incident, which would have been legal. That the governor can discredit the purported mass shooting of Imo civilians on the grounds that they were “bandits” even before any form of forensic investigation is launched shows how cruel, barbaric, wicked, foolish, and callous this is.

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According to HURIWA, who cited a number of media outlets, Imo State experienced extreme anxiety and unheard-of rage on Monday after learning that gunmen believed to be members of the Ebubeagu Security outfit had allegedly killed seven wedding guests in the state’s Awomama, Oru West Local Government Area.

That is all the latest news on Ebubeagu killings.

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