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Ebonyi killings: S’ East senators push for manhunt, apprehension of culprits

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SOUTH East senate caucus has charged Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and heads of the nation’s other security agencies to immediately fish out and ensure punishment of those responsible for the recent killing in Ebonyi State communities, insisting the incident must not be swept under the carpet like others.

  Leader of the caucus and former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, gave the charge in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, yesterday.

  According to him, the incident is not only unfortunate but cast doubt on security agents’ responsiveness.

  “This act is most unfeeling and gruesome and we condemn it in totality. But more importantly, this must not go unpunished like others before it. It is imperative to warn that the Nigerian state is fast de-legitimizing itself by its failure to discharge the primary purpose of government, which is security and welfare of the people, as clearly prescribed in Section 14 of the 1999 Constitution.

The widespread killings and all manner of violent crimes across the country have continued to worsen because the perpetrators walk away with their crimes, never arrested or brought to book. Therefore, this is particularly a call on the Inspector General of Police and the heads of security agencies to bring the perpetrators of the Ebonyi killing to book expeditiously.

To do otherwise will amount to further loss of government’s exclusive power of coercion to non-state actors and brigands, leaving citizens and constituent parts of the country with no option than to further resort to self-help. We stand in sympathy and solidarity with the government and people of Ebonyi State over this dastardly incident and will give every necessary support to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book,” he said.

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