Enugu killings: What IPOB told me – Chidoka

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Osita Chidoka, former minister of aviation, on
Thursday said that the Indigenous People of Biafra
(IPOB) told him that they will remain non-violent.
This was contained in his statement on the
killings in Emene, Enugu State.
On August 23, a clash between IPOB and the
Department of State Services (DSS) led to loss of
lives.
Commending efforts to de-escalate the tension,
Chidoka said: “IPOB representatives assured me
that they remain a non-violent organisation.”
He urged the state government to probe the
incident.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain
called for an end to excessive force.
Chidoka also demanded that those responsible for
the death of DSS officers and theft of their arms
be fished out.
The former minister noted that persons in police
custody be granted bail or be charged to court.
He said: “In my interaction with the security
agencies, facts emerged that the DSS lost two
officers and automatic rifles during the fracas
while two members of IPOB were killed and about
five injured.
“I condole with the families of all those who lost
their lives and ask the government of Enugu State
to institute a Commission of Inquiry to ascertain
the truth around the incident that led to the death
of unarmed civilians and security agents.
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“Security agencies must continue to respect the
fundamental rights of peaceful assembly in a
democracy and be guided by rules of engagement
in dealing with unarmed civilians.
“Use of force in delicate situations is a bye-
product of the militarisation of our society and
must be avoided. I condemn the use of violence
by any group whether security agents or private
groups.”
Chidoka added that he would continue to engage
with all sides for a peaceful resolution of the
conflict.


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