The Association of Ebonyi State Indigenes in the Diaspora (AESID) has called for the intervention of the Inspector General of Police and the Director-General of the Department of State Security Services (DSS) to in order to bring to an end cases of political violence and killings in Asaga Owutu Edda in Afikpo South Local Government Area of Ebonyi state.
The association in a statement in Abuja on Saturday signed by its National Chairman, Ambassador Pascal Oluchukwu also demanded the setting up of an independent judicial panel of inquiry by the state government to probe the causes of the killings in the area.
Three people were gruesomely killed between Sunday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 6 in allegedly renewed politically motivated violent attacks.
In the statement which was made available to newsmen, the association condemned what it described as "the acts of banditry, terrorism and killings which have been imposed on Edda clan since the current democratic/political dispensation in the state."
The association lamented that "the denigration of Edda politics to this level of outright and shameless political criminality dates back to sometime around the year 2007 when people of doubtful character entered into Edda/Ebonyi political horizon as political adventurers and merchants of death. Now, we can look back and note that their outing in the field of politics has destroyed Edda and relegated her into a state of mournful and regrettable degradation with their own political careers relapsing into shameful monumental tragedy.
"The recent killings in Edda reflect the brutal and crude political culture of violence and blood-bath which has been used as an instrument of political domination of the area. It is an extension of the regime of terror, thuggery, intimidation and gangsterism. It is aimed at conquering the people by instilling fear into them for political imposition and exclusion."
Not satisfied with the handling of the crisis by the state government, the association demanded for the setting up of a judicial panel of inquiry to determine the root cause of the political violence and violent killing in the area.
"The Governor should immediately institute an independent Judicial Panel of Inquiry to probe the causes of the killings in Edda, if he is sincere about finding a lasting solution to the problem.
"We will also wish to call on the Federal Government and the Human Rights Organizations in Nigeria to wade into Ebonyi state and engage the government of Umahi to forestall further bloodshed in the area," the statement concluded.
From Jimi Anjolaoluwa – Abuja.