By Emeka Akomas, Umuahia
A human rights activist, Mr Anyim James and a lawyer, Mr Ukpai Ukairo have petitioned the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Janeth Agbede over destruction of property belonging to some people of Ndi Ofali Agwu, Amaekpu Ohafia, Abia State.
In petitions to the Police Commissioner by the activist and lawyer, copies made available to journalists, the petitioners alleged that a group of men had on 27th of August, 2020, attacked some indigenes of Ndi Ofali Agwu compound, Amaekpu Ohafia and during the said attack, destroyed properties belonging to the victims.
It was also averred in the petition that some valuable properties were looted by the rampaging youths. The petitioners further stated that their clients were attacked by the invaders who stormed their compound to forcibly retrieve traditional instrument of governance from them.
Mr Ukpai Ukairo, claimed that despite a petition he earlier wrote to the Abia State Police Command on 16th July, 2020 about a pre-planned attack against the victims, the victims did not enjoy any form of protection as the suspects still unleashed their threat unchecked.
Barr Ukairo further averred that the attackers wrote a counter petition to the Police, which made the police to initiate peace talks among the two for them to return on 28th July, 2020 for proper handling of the matter.
He however regretted that ” On the 27th day of July, 2020, the suspects struck with violence and destroyed and allegedly stole some properties of his clients and manhandled several of our clients,” urging the Abia State Police Command to charge the suspected attackers and their sponsors to Court for showing disrespect to the Police.
In his own petition, Anyim James of Liberty International, condemned the development, criticizing the alleged banishment of some of the victims. He said the practice was, barbaric, unlawful and unconstitutional and that the planners, sponsors and executioners of this destruction and vandalization should be brought to book and be charged to Court, for the law to take its course.”