Just In: Court Disbands Ebubeagu Security Network In Ebonyi
A Federal High Court in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital, Southeast Nigeria, has disbanded the Ebubeagu Security Outfit in the state.
Ebubeagu is a regional security outfit established by Southeast governors to confront insecurity, especially vicious attacks by criminals suspected to be herders, which have forced people to abandon their farms.
However, many residents have complained that the outfit has become a terror for the communities it was created to protect, especially in Ebonyi and Imo states where the outfit had been launched and operational.
Several cases of human rights abuse, especially extrajudicial killings of local residents have been traced to the outfit in Imo and Ebonyi.
However, following the alarming cases of brutality and extrajudicial killings, the Federal High in Abakaliki on Tuesday disbanded the outfit, according to The PUNCH.
It cited cases of human rights abuse, extortions, illegal arrests and use of firearms.
Although the outfit is a creation of the law, it is not clear how the judgment would stand in the face of security challenges in the country and poorly trained corrupt personnel of the Nigeria Police Force.
Meanwhile, famousreporters.com reports that the Apex Socio-cultural youth organization of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Ohanaeze Youth Council, (OYC) had on different fora called on federal government government to abolish the blood coated operations of Ebube Agu security Network, in Ebonyi State.
It would be recalled that the National President of OYC, Comrd. Igboayaka O. Igboayaka had in a recent interface with newsmen in Abakiliki, Ebonyi State’s capital, the previous Friday, February 10, and amidst bitterness, reminiscing about the ugly incidents of the activities of Ebube Agu, Igboayaka said:
Among the horrible instances as cited by the worried Igbo youth leader were that:
“Ohanaeze Youth observed that “around January/February 2022, over 20 youth were killed at Akaeze, and their dead bodies were dumped at Ivo river, in Ivo local government. Unfortunately to killer Squad, Ebube Agu, ran out of lock when they killed another youth within the period identified as Mr. Nnaogo Ajali, from Amarameze Umobor Akaeze in Ivo local government. They killed the poor young man with a Hammer, tortured him through his penis.
“In another horrific incident, Ebube Agu killed one Comrade Onyekachi Okor(aka Elueke) from Umuoji Umobor Akaeze whom they also butchered and cut off his private part.
“Over 30 youths from Akaeze who dared to protest the intimidating act and murderers actions of Ebube Agu Militias group were arrested and dumped at Ebonyi State prison on the order of Governor David Umahi. These are typical evidence that democratic government has left Ebonyi State, and has been replaced by the tyrannical government of David Umahi.
Igboayaka, had in his lamentations, described Ebube Agu as a militias group of the executive Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi.
Igboayaka also wailed that, the reports he gathered from both the State and Local Government Executive Council of Ohanaeze Youth Council, proved that Governor David Umahi has turned Ebube Agu to his personal killers’ Squad.
It is no longer news that the outfit which which was purportedly established in the region to protect lives and property has, within the shortest sketch of time, claimed countless number of lives.
This is even as many residents have complained that the outfit has become a terror for the communities it was created to protect, especially in Ebonyi and Imo states where the outfit had launched attack, which claimed the lives of many innocent youths.