The Labour Party, LP, has called on the federal government to disband the Imo state security outfit, Ebubeagu.
The party made the call in a statement signed by its state Publicity Secretary, Aku Obidinma.
The security outfit is reported to have shot dead 14 youths in Awo-Omama Community in Oru East Local Government Area on Sunday, July 17, 2022.
The youths were said to be returning to Otulu Community in Oru West Local Government Area after a wedding ceremony when they were ambushed and killed.
The party wondered what could have spurred the All Progressives Congress administration of Governor Hope Uzodimma to establish a security outfit that doesn’t respect the rule of law.
The party claimed that the security outfit engages in rape, robberies, extortion and extra-judicial killing especially in Orlu zone of the state.
Aku described as most worrisome the allegation that the security outfit is commanded by a man of questionable character.
The party spokesman declared that the state has had enough of the horror being caused by Ebubeagu and urged the federal government to in addition probe the activities of the security outfit with a view to bringing to book all those who hide under it to perpetrate henious crimes in the state.
The statement reads in part; “The account from the direct relations of these promising stars whose lives were criminally cut short by the notorious Ebubeagu is heartrending.
“Our party finds it difficult to imagine how the APC government in Imo led by Senator Hope Uzodinma will commission such a security outfit with an unchecked license to kill as it wishes without recourse to the rule of law and supervision by the police as is obtainable in other climes.
“Stories abound all over the state especially in Orlu zone, on the numerous extra judicial killings, rapes, extortions and robberies perpetrated by this notorious Ebubeagu security outfit.
“More worrisome about the Ebubeagu outfit is the allegation that the outfit is commanded by (name withheld) from Ubahazu Amiri in Oru East LGA who is of questionable character and who also supervised the killing of these fourteen youths in cold blood.
“We therefore wish to state here that Imo and indeed Orlu zone have had enough killings under the APC government of Senator Hope Uzodinma and therefore call on the Federal Government to immediately disband the Ebubeagu security outfit and set up an independent probe into her operations”.
The party said the oolice and other statutory security agencies should be allowed to take charge of security in Imo State.