…as AIG deploys mobile police to the community

BY PETER OKUTU

ABAKALIKI – RECENT report emanating from Ezza-Ezillo communities in Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi State, where some armed hoodlums had brutally killed over 52 persons last Saturday, now indicates that a total of 14 more dead bodies have been identified and recovered from different locations in the area.

The dead bodies which were found inside remote areas of the communities are said to be innocent members of the communities who met their waterloo as the hoodlums were trying to escape through some unidentified routes linking to other parts of the state.

Going by the discovery, the total number of those killed has now risen to 66 as some have been deposited at the Federal University Teaching Hospital, FUTH, Abakaliki, while mass burial was conducted for others in the area.

In an inspection tour of the area, weekend, Assistant Inspector-General of Police, in charge of zone 6 Calabar, AIG Saidu Daya assured the people of adequate security adding that mobile policemen from Rivers, Cross Rivers and Akwa Ibom states had already been deplored to the affected community to ensure that the perpetrators were brought to book.

He warned the people of both communities not to carry out reprisal attacks on themselves as any action in that direction would lead to insolvable break down of law and order, which might not be in their interest and the state at large.

Daya expressed optimism that in no distant time that calmness, peace and stability would return to the area adding that men of the Criminal Investigation Department, CIDs, would also be deplored in the area so as to ensure full scale investigation into the matter.

He said: “We have deplored mobile policemen from Rivers, Cross Rivers and Ikwa Ibom States to the affected area. They are already here and if there is still reason to bring more, I will do so to handle the situation. I’m optimistic that the situation would be brought under control. We will do our best to make sure that the place is fully protected and guided from the activities of hoodlums.

“They should embrace peace and not see what has happened as a means to carrying out revenge on themselves. Retaliation will not pay them anything. Let them wait and see the outcome of the investigation, then the law will take its due course.

“I have advised them not to take laws into their hands. Those who did this  thing and ran away are coming back and we will apprehend them and take them to court for prosecution. Let them not retaliate.”

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