The youth wing of the Igbo pressure group, Orluzurumee Cultural Union (OCU), frowns at the gruesome killings of two traditional rulers in Imo state.
We recall that unidentified gunmen killed several traditional rulers during their gathering in the Nnenasa community, in the Njaba local government area of the Orlu mine in Imo state, last Tuesday.
The slain Imo kings were Eze Anayochukwu Durueburuo, Obi from the Okwudor autonomous community and Eze Sampson Osunwa from the Ihebineowerre community.
Reacting to the unfortunate incident via a press release sent to DAILY POST on Sunday, the Orluzurumee Cultural Union called on State Governor Imo Hope Uzodinma to urgently convene a stakeholder and conference on security beyond party boundaries to stop the incessant killings in the area. Orlu from the state.
The statement was co-signed by the group’s national advertising secretary, Ikemba Don Uba; national secretary, comrade Desmond Ugwumba; and Prince Arthur Madumere, national president, MISPON, at the conclusion of a meeting of the national executive council discussing the general security situation in Orlu.
The group has also instructed state security agencies to carry out the tasks assigned to them with utmost diligence and professionalism.
The Igbo socio-cultural organization further disapproves of the unjustified arrest and extrajudicial killing of members without proper investigation, urging them to stop as a defendant is presumed innocent until a competent court says otherwise.
The group also asked Governor Uzodinma to establish, in the public interest, a commission to investigate the killings that have so far occurred in Orlu, stressing that this would help to get to the root of the problem.
According to the group, “Orlu zone is not known for spilling of human blood and human life as we all know is sacred and precious in Igbo land. Therefore, the killings and frequent gunshots by yet-to-be identified persons are an aberration and alien to us.
“No matter the grievances or the motives of those behind the incessant killings and destruction of private and public property, such can never be in the overall interest of all.
“It is most worrisome that while fear and panic pervade the Orlu, state actors appear helpless and overwhelmed. The traditional rulers were killed just a few poles away from army checkpoint along the Orlu/Owerri expressway leaves much to be desired.
“All hands must be on deck to arrest this situation, as we prepare to hold a security/economic summit in conjunction with traditional rulers, community leaders, politicians and stakeholders to nip the ugly situation in the bud. The pre security summit will take place in Abuja, while the main summit will hold in Orlu in November”.