The lawmaker representing Abia South Senatorial District, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has disclosed that the identity of killers in the South East remains unknown.
Abaribe while reacting to the assassination of the husband of late Dora Akunyili, Chike Akunyili, charged security agencies to investigate the security challenges in the region.
The lawmaker further stated that some people are trying to turn Anambra State into a theatre of murder to scare voters away from voting during the forthcoming governorship election.
Abaribe stated this while speaking with newsmen after the human rights lecture organised by the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, with the theme: “Nigerian School Children; Insecurity and Human Rights”, held in Abuja.
The lawmaker said, “Let us say that what is going on in the South East is something that we cannot just comprehend properly.
“People in the South East have never been violent and we are not murderers and part of the confusion is that we don’t know who is committing these crimes.
“We know that there’s an election coming I think in 35 days and the feeling is that they should turn the state into a theatre of murder, assassinations may be to create the impression that it is so unsafe that nobody should come out to vote.
“And we are calling on the security agencies that this is the time they should litigation into this. Drawing conclusions saying it’s this group or that group, this person or that person does not help anybody.
“That’s why in the motion that was brought by Senator Ekwunife today she also urged the Governors of the South East and Security heads to put heads together and find out why this is happening. We’re also calling on the public, please if you have any information let the security agencies know.
“We just cannot continue like this. We suffered the devastation of the civil war then we built up ourselves. We can’t afford to have self-inflicted devastation again where nobody comes to the South East anymore because of fear. We’ve never killed anyone because of the election.
“We’re not seeing the type of intelligence gathering that we saw in those days that the police and other agencies used to get to the bottom of issues. But I do not believe that it is so.
“I have absolute faith in the DSS and police to get to the root of everything that is happening and I urge them to go ahead and let us know why these things are happening,” he stated.
Abaribe while speaking on the security outfit in the region, Ebube Agu, said, “The governors told us that they have set up an outfit that will help complement what the police and other security outfits are doing.
“But we haven’t seen any practical demonstration of that thing they’ve set up. Most people in the South East are wondering why you will mention Ebube Agu and all these killings are going out in the South East and we’ve not heard that they held or brought someone to book or handed them over to the police.”