The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in Ebonyi State has petitioned the National Security Adviser (NSA), the Inspector General of Police and the Director-General, Directorate of State Security (DSS) over alleged threats to the lives of its members.
In a letter titled ‘Save our Soul from Government Sponsored Terror’, dated January 12, 2022, chairman of the PDP in the state, Mr. Tochukwu Okorie, alleged that the Ebonyi State government was sponsoring terror against party members in Ebonyi State, accusing the government and the Commissioner of Police in the state of working “hand in gloves with a gang of vicious hoodlums” terrorising its members.
“I find it very worrisome that Ebonyi State police command appears to be working hand in gloves with a gang of vicious hoodlums on a reckless rampage with the backing and facilitation of Ebonyi State Government. Well-meaning and law-abiding citizens of Ebonyi State are being pushed beyond tolerable limits by the mayhem, wanton destruction, naked molestation and dehumanizing treatment these agents of evil and their pay masters are consistently unleashing on innocent citizens of the state,” the letter read in part.
“On the 9th of January, 2022, Mr. Nwoba Chika Nwoba the State Publicity Secretary of PDP was travelling in a car along Abakaliki-Enugu Express way in the company of Ifeanyi Emmanuel Nworie, when a gang of hoodlums in a sienna bus without registration number overtook their car and blocked them and started shooting sporadically into the air. They pulled out Mr. Nwoba from the car, beat him to a pulp and threw him into the boot of their sienna.”
He added that an armed gang also invaded the venue of a reception organised in honour of the newly elected State Chairman of PDP at Okposi in Ohaozara Local Government Area on December 29, 2021and chased away guests at the occasion.
“From the foregoing,” the petition further read, “the IGP is invited to note as follows: that disappearance of people who refused to join the Governor’s Camp or have disagreement with him has become common place; that bad boys, cultists and hoodlums in Ebonyi State have now been organized into armed gangs to rain terror in the state; that the “gunmen” operating in Ebonyi State, unlike in other States, are known – they operate under the name “Ebubeagu” the state-owned militia; that the quantity of arms in the possession of Ebonyi State gangs is frightening and their seeming collaboration with the police is a cause for concern; that those who survive the organized attack are sure to be detained by the police and arraigned at a ready Magistrate Court on trumped up and frivolous charges.
“The IGP may further note that the Ebonyi State Police Command refused PDP access to their secretariat since November 2020 when Governor Umahi left the party on the very curious and flimsy excuse that he has a Magistrate Court Order that says that if PDP is allowed into the premises that they will be infected with COVID-19. The IGP may wish to note that, it is unacceptable for Ebonyi State Police Command to promote, protect and support criminal gangs even when their activities have become a disgrace to the name and integrity of the Nigeria Police.
“In view of the above, I pray on behalf of Ebonyi State People as follows: “That the IGP should as a demonstration of professionalism and respect for the rule of law, intervene to save Ebonyi State citizens from state-sponsored terror; that the IGP should investigate cases of professional misconduct by the Ebonyi State Police Command in the interest of the image of the Nigerian Police Force, and the personal integrity of the IGP as a fine officer and gentleman; that the IGP should intervene to release Mr. Chika Nwoba, the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP who is still in the custody of the police more than 48 hours of his abduction by an armed gang and detention by the police.”