The Association of South East Town Unions (ASETU), has alleged that the incessant massacre of youths in South East region of Nigeria could have ethnic cleansing undertone.
The association made the allegation in a statement signed by its National President, Emeka Diwe.
He condemned the killing of 14 youths by armed men at Otulu Community in Oru West Local Government Area of Imo State on Sunday, July 17.
The association regretted that lives are no longer worth a penny in the country, particularly in Igbo land.
Diwe, expressed worry at the incessant killing of Igbo youths in all the five Eastern states and wondered if there is any ethnic cleansing motive behind the regular massacre of youths and able bodied men in Igbo land.
According to the release, “The killing of 14 youths in Imo State is one too many. Whether the youths are returning from a wedding as reported by a section of the public or are gathered at a place on past time, no group of persons by whatever name has right to take away life without exploring all the openings required by law”.
The release further noted that the defense by Imo State government on the Otulu Oru West killing, as stated by the Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba, that the boys were bandits who were neutralized at their camp by operatives of Department of Security Services (DSS) while planning on how to enforce the sit-at-home order the next day, calls for further investigation.
The group called on Imo State government to rise up to its responsibility of protecting lives and property of Imo people rather than engaging in arguments after lives had been lost.
ASETU urged Imo people and Ndi Igbo in all the Eastern states to take security of lives and property seriously as security is everyone’s business.