Sunday, 23 February 2014

Open Letter: CD To Gov. Peter Obi "Disband Violence Prone Groups"

Governor Peter Obi

REF: CD/S/E/VOL 8/17/02/14/GOV/ANSB/AWKA/NG

MR. PETER G.O. OBI
THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR
ANAMBRA STATE
GOVERNMENT HOUSE
AWKA.

MEMO

Your Excellency,

WHY GOVERNMENT SHOULD DEREGISTER, DISBAND AND DISLODGE ALL MILITANT AND OTHER VIOLENCE PRONE ASSOCIATION, VIGILANTES, MOVEMENTS, PERSONS AND GROUPS IN THE STATE AS A MATTER OF UTTERMOST URGENCY.

This organization writes to your Excellency over the matter above - mentioned.

We are seriously worried over the continued acts of brigandage and subjection of Onitsha and environs to the rule of jungle by homicidal hoodlums, operating under various violence – prone groups such as MASSOB, IGBO YOUTHS, OGBARU YOUTHS, ONITSHA YOUTHS, NARTO, JIMMY BOYS, and ANAMBRA VIGILANCE GROUPS among others.

Onitsha and environs had in recent times, become the theatre of homicidal activities and other forms of criminality, for couple of months now, major parts of the state, especially Onitsha, Ogbaru, Fegge, Obosi, Nkpor, 33, Nnewi and Awka had been under serious siege as a result of different bloody clashes among militant and other violence – prone groups.

This Organization learn that of all the bloody clashes, the ones that had threaten the foundation of peace and security of Anambra State and her people had turned out to be the ongoing clashes between the MASSOB/IGBO YOUTHS and suspected traders of OLD MOTOR SPARE PARTS MGBUKA OBOSI and innocent customers of main market Onitsha who has been subjected to daily extortion and intimidation.

The clashes above – mentioned have led to the untimely death of dozens of innocent citizens and destruction of both public and private properties. These coupled with sad menace of some boys allegedly working for one Jimmy from Agulu which forcefully collecting money from Okada riders, Tricycle operators even block  high ways especially the major cities above –mentioned an enclave of their lawlessness.

Some suspected hideouts for these groups includes a uncompleted House along Onitsha – Owerri Road, Mkpikpa layout, Okpoko, Silas works, Fegge, 33 and GRA in Onitsha, Akpaka Forest, Reserve, Onitsha Main MarketVenn Road, Obosi Park along Onitsha Owerri Road, Bida Road, Niger Street,  Ziks Avenue, Upper Iweka and Nkpor Park near Minaj road among other suspected hideouts, the recent clashes along Onitsha Owerri Road when some suspected Massob members attempted to forcefully invade  Mgbuka Obosi Old Motor Spare Parts Market to collect tolls, the traders revolted which resulted the burning of  Dangote long vehicle carrying loads of cement while series of cars were burnt and some properties worth millions were looted while the Chairman of the market  Chief Ifeanyichukwu Okafor escaped been killed by the mercy of God after he was inflicted with grievous injury.

The import of this all-important MEMO is to bring your Executive office attention, the foregoing state of social and political toxemia which had beclouded Anambra State and her people in recent times. As the Chief Security Officer, your executive office is seriously being under-mined byCOMMANDER – IN – CHIEF OF ILLEGAL ARMED PERSONS AND GROUPS within the shores of the state and the prompters of illegalities are in vogue in Anambra State.

On 14th February2014, at about 8.30/9am along Niger Street Fegge, some heavily armed man numbering over four (4) shoot and murdered a BUSINESS MOGUL CHIEF GALANTIN ALIAS(Onwa Ihiala), Late Galantin who trade at Tools and Allied market Bridge-Head market had sometime last year kidnapped and release after over two weeks and ransom paid.     

FEGGE A CENTRE OF CRIMINALITY IN ANAMBRA STATE

Fegge is one of the porous city in Anambra State, it has over nine (9) Exit points, which includes,Niger Street leading to Asaba, Uga Junction via Express, Premier via Express, Housing Estate via Express, Port Harcourt Road leading to upper-Iweka, St. Jude leading to Woliwo; Ochanja / via woliwo, Ochanja Round about, Creek Road near Bida and Niger  via Main market among others Criminal take advantage of the porousness of the exit road and commit crimes.

These entry points needs to be man by security operatives.
Today, Onitsha, Anambra State has become a tradition and a settled maxim within the confines of the theory of brigandage for a group of hoodlums to coin a nomenclature and rush to the Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja for its baptism, with the enlistment of socially obstructed nouveau riches as its board of trustees, especially registration of over seven different names for tricycles Association in Anambra State unturn creating serious association conflict among its members.

This organization also despicably and condemn the nefarious criminal activities of suspected MASSOB militant elements in the recent time. It is worrisome over by hoodlums who now go about indulging in conducts not found in the lexicon of the right to self-determination as embodied in the African Union charter on Human and Peoples Rights of 1981 and Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nation Organization of 1948.

Reports of invasion of markets, homes/residences arrest and abduction of citizens, in some cases, the rich people, confiscation of properties, extortion, unlawful arrest, detentions, physical and psychological torturing of captives, acid battering, have been coming to this organization in especially daily intimidation of keke drivers and costumers in Onitsha.

Jimmy Boys, ASTA Boys, Emblem Boys reportedly indulged in various nefarious conducts including, collection of large sum of money, ranging from N5,000.00 to N9,500.00 from each private and commercial motorist, keke drivers and okada riders had on 14th February 2014, a trader with GSM  08064386721 was compel to pay the sum of N10,000 for what these boys called “matching ground” including  residences/homes,  petroleum filling station etc, in which each residence or petroleum station is allegedly commanded to pay money. This is not to mention the intolerable usurpation of government revenue windows (Parks, garages and imposition and forcible collection of sundry criminal levies like OH-MPA TICKET sold along Onitsha Owerri Road by OAWAS, ANTOODAS among other sundry levies therein with impunity.

The number of arms and other weapons of death in the hands of these criminal gangs in the state are extremely alarming. Also the Anambra state Police Command is not helping matters, the leadership of these killer squads and their foot solders and their felonious activities had always been abetted by some  police officer like in okpoko one officer Nwafor Nwaele of Inspectors Daprtment Okpoko Police Division and other police agents scattered in different police divisions.

We condemn, unreservedly, the nefarious activities of these homicidal groups above-mentioned, we also condemn any form of support towards their criminal activities, either from some senior police officer and rank – and – files who keep left ear on their criminal activities.

We will align ourselves with a conscious individual or group with dispassionate interest in tackling this hydra - monster head-on, the step taken so far by Governor Peter Obi, Commissioner of Police, SSS and other security and governmental authorities are not encouraging in tackling the monster and restoring confidence of our people. In line with the state Governor’s recent banning of MASSOB, OGBARU YOUTH, and other militant harmful groups.

ONITSHA DRUG MARKET AND PLANS BY SOME ELEMENTS TO CLOSE SAME

This organization wishes to alert your public office the plan by some group of men masquerading as pharmacist and “experts” calling for the closure of the market over a phantom Allegation of Selling fake drugs, this individuals has a business interest, we learnt that one of the senior pharmacist has build some store along Onitsha-ASABA express way which will be officially declare open by the end of month, the primary aim to eventually close the Drug market where over 15000 traders make their daily bread, it is on record that 85 percent of these traders had upgraded their educational qualification and ready to meet any request/condition or standard as my be directed by NAFDAC among others, recall that the market was closed down on March 6th, 2007 and re-opened four months later. The closure left many homes and families shattered while many people lost their lives during the period above – mentioned.

The organizations call on your Excellency to consider the interest of millions of dependent individuals who maybe affected in the event of the market closed down completely.

Finally, we hope that this memo will be prudently utilized.

Yours Faithfully,
For: The CD South East
Dede Uzor A Uzor Esq
Chairman
08093008350

Copy
The Director SSS Awka
The Commissioner of Police Awka
The Speaker Anambra House of Assembly
The Area Commander Onitsha
The O.C. Sars Awkuzu
The DPO Okpoko
The DPO Fegge
The DPO CPS
The DPO Inland Town
The DPO Atani
The DPO Ogidi
The DPO Awada
The Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja


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