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In Ebonyi, elderly women protest naked over arrest of sons, burning of properties

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Elderly women between the ages of 80 to 100 years from Agubia community, in Ikwo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, recently staged half naked to protest  the arrest of their sons,  burning of houses and destruction of lives in their community.

The women numbering about 70 stormed the Ebonyi State Government House to protest.

It would be recalled that there was serious crisis in Agubia community which resulted from leadership tussle between youths over who will take control of the Agubia Motor Park, which also resulted in the killing of youths and the destruction of lives and property worth millions of naira.

Several houses were also burnt and over five persons were seriously injured during the crisis and they are currently receiving treatment at the Abakaliki Federal Teaching Hospital.

The information revealed that security agencies swung into action by arresting some suspected persons believed to have hand in the said communal crisis.

While speaking to journalists, the leader of the protesters, Mrs Nwali said, “they came with security agencies and arrested our sons who came for a wedding three days ago.

“They arrested about nine of them and dumped them in police station. They also arrested another son of ours who is a barrister in his house. They claimed that they were involved in Agubia Motor Park crisis.

“They came again with SARS and arrested another people at night. They arrested our sons because they claimed that they were the owners of the community.

“They have not settled the crisis in Agubia Motor Park and that’s why our sons who came for a wedding were arrested. We want our sons to be released from police,” she stated.

Responding, the Commissioner of Internal Security, Border Peace and Conflict Resolution, Mr Stanley Okoro Emeghia asked the protesters to go home, assuring them of government’s readiness to ensure quick release of the said arrested persons.

“We will make sure that the peace you are seeking for is realised. I assure you that before the end of work today, the governor will respond to your need and cry.”

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