BY TONY EDIKE
ENUGU—THE Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, South East zone, yesterday, condemned killing of over 60 innocent Nigerians by hoodlums in Ebonyi State on Saturday.
In a statement by the Zonal Director, Mr. Olu Omotayo, the CLO also queried why innocent citizens traveling along the Enugu-Abakaliki highway should be killed in the communal conflict when they were not parties to the dispute.
The organisation frowned at the failure of Ebonyi State government to bring perpetrators of the 2010 communal conflict in the same area to book, saying the current war would have been averted if such measure was taken.
It, therefore, urged the Federal Government to wade into the conflict to save the South East from imminent breakdown of security that could result from such feud.
The statement said: “The Civil Liberties Organisation, South East Zone condemns killing of over 60 innocent Nigerians in Ebonyi State. The victims who include: aged men and women, children, young men and women in their productive ages were sent to their early graves in the most brutal killings ever witnessed in this country.
”It was a gory sight to see bodies of these innocent Nigerians litter the Enugu-Abakaliki expressway. Even animals were not spared of the madness of these hoodlums as bodies of killed donkeys also littered the road.
”The innocent victims of these barbaric acts were people traveling to their various homes for the New Year celebration. Some of these travelers were only passing through Ebonyi State to Cross River State and other destinations before they met their untimely death in the hands of the so called warring factions of Ezza-Ezillo land dispute.
The question is why killing innocent citizens who were just passing through a road to their respective states and destinations or is the road that passes through Ebonyi State part of the disputed land?
”It should be noted that in the last carnage in 2010, over 100 lives were lost to the warriors of Ezza/Ezilo, but nothing was done up till date to bring the perpetrators to book as no single suspect was arraign for the death of those innocent Nigerians.”