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South East governors, groups condemn incident

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•State chief executives insist attack claims three lives

The governors of the South East states have condemned the development.In a telephone chat yesterday in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, the Director of Media to the governors, Chief Mike Udah, said that the alleged invasion left three persons dead and several others injured.

The governors regretted that the incident was coming at a time they were making frantic effort to broker peace between federal authorities and Biafra agitators.

He said: “The South East governors are worried that the relationship between the leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the government is degenerating into this kind of ugly situation.

“They did not want this kind of situation to occur and that was why they invited the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, with Prof. Ben Nwabueze to their meeting in Enugu. So, they are working to ensure that such situation does not reoccur.”

Udah continued: “The South East governors do not want a situation where the region would be seen as working against the Federal Government. They do not want a situation where there would be a breakdown of law and order.”

Also yesterday, groups from the zone chastised the military over the attack.The Eastern Consultative Assembly (ECA) claimed that a section of the country was lording it over others. The group’s reservations were contained in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Rev. Fr. John Odey.

Similarly, the Igbo Women Assembly (IWA), Igbo Leaders’ of Thought (ILT), Igbo Youth Movement (IYM), South-East Christian Network and Igbo Students’ Union condemned the development.

To the human rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety), the renewed military operation in the region amounts to radicalisation and bastardisation of civil security in the region.Its board chairman, Emeka Umeagbalasi, insisted that the exercise was to traumatise the law-abiding and peaceful people of the South East.


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