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Insecurity in Abia: Rights groups demand Orji’s resignation

*Call unfair, uncharitable, says govt

By Anayo Okoli

Umuahia— CONCERNED by the rising insecurity in Abia State, especially in Aba, the commercial capital, a coalition of seven human rights groups has called on Governor Theodore Orji to resign, saying he had been overwhelmed by the situation.

Specifically, the group gave the governor 30 June 2010 to resign or they will mobilise people for non-violent demonstration.

The government, in a swift reaction, dismissed the call, describing it as unfair and uncharitable to call for the governor’s resignation, considering the huge resources he had put into fighting crime and criminals in the state.

Roll call
The groups made the call through a joint press statement signed by their leaders, including Comrade Chidi Nwosu of Human Rights, Justice and Peace Foundation; Barrister Ukairo of Abia Peoples Forum; Mr. Onapuruagu Prince Ukaegbu, Centre for Reform and Public Advocacy; Rev. Emeka Ogbonna, Popular Particular Front, and Comrade David Kalu of Campaign for Democracy.

Others are Pastor Victor Mnenga, Centre for the Advancement of Children’s and Women’s Rights, and Engineer Amaka Biachi of Centre for Human Empowerment, Advancement and Development.

They warned: “If by 30 June 2010 Governor Orji fails to toe the path of honour by resigning, we shall mobilise Abia people for non-violent civil disobedience.

“This is the time for non-violent revolution. This is the time for the emancipation of the suffering and dying people of Abia.”

Gov’s aide lists achievement
However, Governor Theodore Orji’s Adviser on Electronic Media, Mr. Ugochukwu Emezuo, recalled some of the efforts of the governor in his war against crimes and criminals to include donation of over 100 patrol vans fitted with communication gadgets to security agencies in the state, ban of Okada operation in the major cities of the state and the proclamation of amnesty to kidnappers, among others.

He argued that insecurity was not peculiar to Abia State and expressed delight that the recent intervention by the Federal Government would complement the efforts of the governor in ensuring the security of lives and property of Abia residents.

He also challenged the group to come up with ideas on how to arrest the security challenges in the state, instead of playing to the gallery or trying to exploit the situation for political reasons.


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