The Families of two siblings killed alongside 12 others on Sunday while returning from a traditional wedding at Awo Omamma in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, has called on the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba; and the state governor, Hope Uzodimma, to ensure justice.
Chidozie Ekesinachi, elder brother of both Ifechi and Chukwuemeka who were killed, revealed that his two siblings and others were allegedly killed by members of the state government-owned Ebubeagu Operatives, The PUNCH reported on Tuesday.
He said, “Ifechi, who was 18 years, and Chukwuemeka, 20 years, were shot dead by members of Ebubeagu last Sunday at a traditional wedding of one their kinsmen held at Awo- Omama in Oru East council area of Imo State.
I was supposed to be at the wedding but I couldn’t meet up because I went on an assignment with my boss. It was later in the evening of Sunday when one of our kinsmen rushed to our house to inform me that all those who were at the traditional wedding of Chijioke Nnanna have been killed.
I had to go with him to find out if my brothers were safe, and while we were on our way, it was around Afor Awo market that I saw my brother, Ifechi’s corpse on the road and I broke down in tears.
As I still held his corpse, crying, Ebubeagu operatives appeared. They came in an open truck, a Sienna car and a white Hilux and they bundled me into their truck and took me and others who were also searching for their brothers to their office at Oru East Local Government headquarters in Omuma.
They tied my hands backward with my belt and started beating me that I have come to carry the body of my one of my members but I told them that he was my junior brothers. After beating me to their satisfaction, they locked me up in the cell.
It was later in the evening of Monday that they released me because our people have already started to protest over the killings. I didn’t know that Chukwuemeka was also dead until the youth who were carrying the corpses littered on the road brought him in a wheel barrow.
We want justice in this matter because you cannot just kill my brothers like that. Ifechi has just completed his apprenticeship as a re-winder while Chukwuemeka was an Aluminum fabricator.”
The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra has called for the disbandment of Ebubeagu Security Outfit in Imo State over the killing.
MASSOB made its position known in a statement issued by its leader, Uchenna Madu, on Tuesday.