The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), Wednesday, warned Mr Simon Ekpa, a styled disciple of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, to desist from linking Mr Peter Obi to the alleged killings of suspected members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra and others in 2013.
OYC said Ekpa’s allegations were to thwart the chances of Mr Obi during the 2023 general elections. Obi is the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
According to OYC, Ekpa’s insinuations were because he and his sponsors ‘are threatened by the democratic cum ballot revolution of Mr Obi’. In his words, “Intersociety and Anambra Civil Liberty Organisation were the only human rights groups that forensically investigated the Ezu River police-SARS killings and followed up and defended same up to the office of the then DIG, Force Criminal Investigations, now retired DIG Peter Gana in April 2013.
“He said that the killings were masterminded by the police-SARS under retired CSP James Nwafor. Igboayaka alleged that, “The victims were detainees arrested and detained at Awkuzu, Nneni and Nnewi SARS facilities, and among the slain victims were nine members of MASSOB and others numbering about thirty, accused of perpetrating violent crimes.
“Comrade Igboayaka regretted that the remains of the victims were ‘indiscriminately disposed at some designated spots like Omambala River, Awada and Onitsha cemeteries as well as Abba Forests by Onitsha-Awka expressway’.
He said, “The secret killings and other unlawful killings by police had continued from then till date which led to the EndSars protest that sparked fire in August/September, 2020. “It is to our utmost dismay that those who held Nigeria down with economic strangulation, league of political quagmire, and gangs of primitive looters hired or paid agents who also have formed the habit of resurrecting the Ezu River killings following the nearness of 2023 presidential poll, using the social media as a possible tool.
“Simon Ekpa’s linking Mr Peter Obi to Ezu police-SARS killings is a ‘clear indication that he is working to truncate the chances of Obi at the polls’, Igboayaka stated.