AN Igbo socio-cultural think tank, Nzuko Umunna, has condemned the incessant killing of innocent and unarmed Igbo youths by security operatives
The group on Monday condemned the extra-judicial killings of Igbo youths on Sunday at Emene, Enugu State by operatives of Police, Department of State Service (DSS) and Army.
Nzuko Umunna noted that the extra-judicial killings took place when security operatives invaded a peaceful meeting of the youths.
Meanwhile the State Commissioner of Police Ahmed Abdurahman admitted that many of the youths “escaped with bullet wound and police have started hunting them.”
In a statement on Monday signed by Ngozi Odumuko (Coordinator) and Paschal Mbanefo (Secretary), the group stated that it received the report with shock and deep concern.
“The killing is unacceptable and must stop. However, we urge Igbo youths to refrain from retaliatory attacks.
“It is noteworthy that extra-judicial killings are a violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.
“It violates also Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR), and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),” the group stated.
It commiserated with the families of the victims in the latest bloodletting.
Nzuko Umunna commended the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his visit to the scene of the killings.
The group urged the Governor “to set up a judicial panel of inquiry to investor the immediate and remote causes of these wanton killings and ascertain the exact number of victims, with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice.”
They also called on the South East Governors Forum (SEGF) and the South East Joint Security Committee to urgently activate the long-awaited regional security network to reassure citizens on the security of lives and property.
They stressed the need to find a sustainable framework for resolving the longstanding security challenges and extra-judicial killings in the region.
It called on the Chief Judge of Enugu State, Hon. Justice Priscilla Emehelu to convene as a matter of urgency a coroner’s inquest on these extra-judicial killings.