Okporo killings: Imo govt exonerates state vigilance  group


Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State (file photo)

Okporo killings: Imo govt exonerates state vigilance  group

By Valentine Amanze

The Imo State government has exonerated the state-owned vigilant group of killing of three family members in Okporo, Orlu Local Government Area, recently.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon Declan Emelumba, made the denial in Owerri, while reacting to the allegation that the security group knew the cause of the death of the people in Okporo.

He said that it was ironical that members of the Vigilance Group being accused of the killing actually took the wounded to the hospital when they were informed of the attack.

He described as unfortunate and provocative the haste with which “enemies of the state government” rushed to the press to level accusations against it, apparently to score cheap political points.

Emelumba said that while it was only the police that could make a  definite pronouncement on the perpetrators of the crime at the conclusion of exhaustive investigation, the Imo Vigilance Group was not responsible at all.

“The Vigilance Group operates under the law. In fact, they work under the supervision of the police and therefore cannot engage in any extra judicial killings,” Emelumba submitted.

He warned purveyors of such dangerous and fake news to desist from stoking the embers of crisis in the state.

His words: “Some of them said it was Imo Vigilance Group, others said it was Fulani militia, thus creating ethnic tension. My appeal is that they should allow the police do their job.”




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