The presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Dumebi Kachikwu, has condemned the reported killing of seven youths by Ebubeagu operatives in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State.
The youths were said to have been killed while returning from a traditional wedding in Awomama. Five other persons were also said to be missing following the attack.
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Kachikwu, in a statement issued by his campaign office yesterday in Abuja, described the incident as barbaric and wicked, calling on security agencies to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators.
“This killing is simply unconscionable and man’s inhumanity to man. How can a security outfit purportedly set up to protect a vulnerable population from harassment and attacks turn their guns on their own kith and kin?”
“The South East can ill-afford this type of bloodletting especially when innocent youths who are leaders of the future are being sent to their early graves in such cruel and gruesome manner,” Kachikwu said.
While urging the authorities of Ebubeagu to call their personnel to order by ensuring that their operatives are properly screened and trained in the art of protecting their communities, he also urged them to prevent their ranks from being infiltrated by persons with sinister motives.