From Chijioke Agwu, abakaliki

Ebonyi-born business tycoon Chief Julius Orji has petitioned Police Inspector General Usman Baba; the president of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for the killings and destruction of property in their Edda community of the Afikpo South local government area of ​​the state.

He called on the authorities to properly investigate the sponsors of the violent incident and prosecute them.

The business magnate in an open letter dated January 19, 2023, signed on behalf of his community and addressed to the IGP, Spokesperson for the House of Representatives and the National Human Rights Commission, alleged that some politicians in the state were playing politics with the lives of their people.

“Remember that on December 26, 2022, Ekoli Edda was involved in another crisis that resulted in the death of three men, including a police inspector, and property burning (a house, two vehicles and a motorcycle), and this incident occurred in broad daylight with the same actors known to have perpetrated crimes in Edda during the years this government was in charge.

“In addition, on January 1, 2023, the same group of known actors killed a seven-month pregnant woman and set fire to two buildings in the compound after failing to kill her narrowly escaping husband.

“Most worrying among these is that the state government is aware of these known actors perpetrating these crimes and has continued to play gallery, thus establishing a commission of inquiry which I seriously suspect will only act on the instructions of the state government. thus releasing the few criminal actors arrested in a not too distant time.

“In this regard, we ask you, the Inspector General of Police and the Ebonyi State Police Commissioner, not to let this particular matter die another death like so many others.
Most importantly, the murder of a police inspector and a woman with a seven-month-old baby must not be overlooked as the prosecution of the perpetrators of this evil act must be upheld and appropriate punishment must be meted out.”

But the Ebonyi state government, in a reaction, described the letter as lacking in substance and malicious, adding that it was aimed at degrading the government’s efforts to achieve peace in the area.

State Information Commissioner Uchenna Orji said so in a statement on Saturday night.

He said: “We see this publication (letter) as a distraction without substance by a malicious and captious complainer, who is saddened by the truce achieved by the State Government over the rupture that led to the unfortunate attack in Ekoli Edda that caused lives and properties.

“The expressions contained in said publication are unfair and unreasonable opinions formed without sufficient thought and knowledge of the notion of Investigation Panel, with reasoning contaminated by highly divisive and self-serving exaggerations of a man who is completely made up of his bias. and sentiments against peace and reconciliation in his own family.”