Awo-Omamma killings:14 Youths Ebube Agu killed were my brothers, not bandits – Newly married man cries for justice
By Austin Okoro, Owerri
Contrary to the speculations peddled by Imo State Government under the leadership of Governor Hope Uzodinma, which alleged that the fourteen(14) Imo youths killed by Ebubeagu security outfit were bandits, the newly married man the Mazi Chijioke Nnanna Okezuonu,
has said, the youths killed were his brothers and not bandits.
While narrating his ordeals at Owerri recently, Mr Okezuonu said , on Sunday , he took his family members to Awommamma in Oru West LGA of Imo state to fulfill his marriage rites for his beautiful wife.
” In the process of doing that, and after fulfilling the marriage rites , my parents and other elders who accompanied me left but advised us the younger ones to remain and enjoy ourselves and come back later. But immediately after we finished having our sumptuous meals , my brothers asked me to remain while they take their leave as they had another place to visit where they were invited also. As they left, just after three poles from the place of event, we heard gun shots which terrified all of us, and we discovered that, it was Ebubeagu security men who shot till 1.00am midnight as every participant ran for their dear lives.
Speaking further, he said: “It was in the morning hours after the official intervention of the military that we discovered that it was my brothers who accompanied me to the event that were gunned down. The Ebubeagu militia men also burnt down the houses of my in-laws and the gifts we brought to them. All the vehicles, motorbikes that accompanied me to event were hijacked by the militia,” he said.
Continuing, he noted that the total number of people killed were fourteen (14) but his brothers among them were about seven (7) youths.
He appealed to the government to investigate the matter thoroughly and give them justice.
“There has been so much killing in our land and we have been trying to deal with it. But, at this juncture, we can’t endure it anymore”, one of the protesters wailed.