An Igbo sociocultural group, Nzuko Umunna, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to order an investigation into the invasion of the Abuja residence of Governor Dave Umahi of the Ebonyi state in the early hours of Monday 2 September.
A statement by its coordinator, Joe Odumuko, and the secretary general, Obinna Mbanefo, claim that the invasion took place just 24 hours after the Southeast Governors Forum banned pastors from moving with AK-47 and machetes and ordered to agencies security that carried out the order.
The statement states that the purpose of the law is to intimidate, overcome and silence Umahi, who is also the president of the South East Governors Forum (SEGF) and his colleagues, and prevent them from fulfilling their mandate to speak boldly on behalf of of people from the southeast.
It reads in part: “We note that the invaders were clearly identified as security operatives who subjected occupants of the premises and police officers on duty to intolerable harassment and intimidation before thoroughly ransacking the premises.
“It is noteworthy that this reckless and illegal act was carried out without a search warrant, again portraying Nigeria as a country that has little or no respect for the rule of law.
“The inescapable conclusion to be drawn from the modus operandi of the operatives is that they had a singular mission to plant incriminating evidence in the property towards framing trumped-up charges against Governor Umahi.”
The group urged the perpetrators to desist from such acts, to avoid throwing the country into a needless crisis. It said no amount of arm-twisting, trumped up charges or intimidation will make the Southeast to shirk its resolve to ensure safety of lives and property in the zone.
It also urged the Southeast Governors Forum to remain resolute and unfazed