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July 18, 2018

Archbishop condemns Akokwa killings

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– Says Jesus wants us to love one another, not to kill one another

The Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, Catholic Archbishop of Owerri has condemned the ethnic crisis in Akokwa Community, Ideato-North LGA, Imo State, during which about three people were allegedly killed.

Speaking during his pastoral visit to Maria Assumpta Cathedral Parish Owerri, Saturday, August 13, Archbishop Obinna said “we don’t want killings; we want peace and love”, adding that “our faith teaches us to love one another and not to kill one another.”

Initial reports had said over seven people were killed during the clashes before the police intervened. But police confirmed only three. It was also initially believed that the Hausa suspect ran amok and killed the victims before he killed himself.

Meanwhile investigations revealed that the girl was a friend of the Hausa man who was a security man in the community. The girl would collect money from him but would refuse sex. On that fateful Friday, August 12, both the Hausa man and the girl were together, after which he attempted to have carnal knowledge of the girl by force. She refused and ran away to a nearby house for safety. Our source said that the depraved Hausa man still pursued the young girl to the house where she ran to and in anger stabbed her to death.

The source further disclosed that a lady who happened to be the only one at the home where the girl ran to, was also killed by the Hausa man as she tried to shout for help. The Leader gathered that passers-by and the neighborhood, who heard the noise, ran into the scene and saw the victims lying in their pool of blood already dead and quickly grabbed the Hausa man as he tried to escape. Another reliable source said that an angry mob immediately killed and burnt the culprit along with other four innocent Hausa men, who were also resident in the area. Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prince Eze Madumere, who visited the families of the victims Saturday, August 13 condemned the killing of the two innocent indigenes of the area. He said that the state government totally condemns the unfortunate incident and called on the people of the area to be calm and law abiding. Prince Madumere stated that the ugly act has nothing to do with Fulani herdsmen, but a clear case of homicide committed by one violent man and warned that the State Government will not condone any act of violence in the state.

He called on the people of the area and all imolites to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement to the security agencies for proper action. The Commissioner of police, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, who accompanied the Deputy Governor on the visit maintained that the security agencies are working hard to uncover the cause of the incident and called on the people of the area to go about their normal business.

Rev Fr. Abel Ezenwa in a statement condemned the gory act, while describing it as bestial, horrendous and barbaric. He said that Akokwa is known for her generosity and hospitality, especially to strangers. The priest urged the people of Akokwa to remain the law-abiding people they have been as God will intervene for his people.

Meanwhile, the  Deputy Governor  has met with the Hausa Community in Orlu Local Government and assured them of adequate security. He was  accompanied by all the security chiefs in the state.

Addressing the Hausas at the Orlu Mosque, Madumere who represented Governor Okorocha,  condemned the attack and implored them to go about their business.

The Deputy Governor’s team later met with the traditional ruler of Umukaeba, Akokwa, HRH Eze Michael Ojukwu, who condemned the incident describing it as an abomination, as it is against their tradition to shed the blood of a stranger in their soil.



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