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We’ll probe invasion of Owerri land by militants — Iwuanyanwu

By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri

AN elder statesman, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, yesterday, said the invasion of Owerri land by militants from Ohaji/Egbema, during the demolition of Ekeukwu market, would be investigated.

Owerri village heads and Oha, pouring libation on the grave of their acestors, Ekwema Arugo, during their meeting in Owerri. Photo by Chinonso Alozie.

Iwuanyanwu stated this in a meeting of Owerri indigenes and by extension Imo East senatorial zone at Ugwu Ekwema in Owerri. This was even as the highest traditional institution in Owerri, Oha, led by Nze Boniface Anukam, called on their gods for protection and to fight for them.

Also, a one-week mourning was declared as well as a minute silence held for the 10 year-old-boy, Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, allegedly shot by soldiers during the demotion.

Iwuanyanwu said, “What happened in Owerri, should worry everybody from the Owerri zone. The truth is that I am proud of Owerri zone and there is no group as generous as Owerri people. The matter before us is very serous, we want to know why the demolition of a market claimed the lives of a 10 year old boy.

“We are going to convene an emergency meeting of Owerri Peoples Assembly and in that meeting we are going to investigate the matter of who brought the militants and why were they here during the demolition. We must take other decisions to move this state forward and we must make sure these people affected are compensated.

“We must know the properties of Owerri people, what they are doing with them. Nobody can just shed the blood of the innocent.”

Speaking also the chairman of the occasion, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Ken Njemanze, said: “We will seek legal action to redress this injustice. I want say this, all of them who disobeyed the court order will go to prison. We will use the law to seek justice.”


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