Popular Catholic Bishop, Reverend Augustine Ukwuoma has warned the Nigerian security forces against future attacks on communities in Imo state. Rev. Ukwuoma was reacting to the recent killings and burning of some communities in Orsu Imo state Southeast Nigeria.
In a statement released on Monday, the Catholic Bishop of Orlu diocese, Imo state said he condemned the wasting of human lives by state and non-state actors.
Last week security forces and members of Ebubeagu militia invaded Orsu-ihiteukwa, Awo-idemili, and Eziawa communities in Orsu Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria’s South-East killing at least two people and destroying buildings worth millions of naira.
While condemning the attack, the outspoken catholic bishop said:
“On Saturday, September 17, 2022, armed men alleged to be security agents invaded the Osuihitukwa community in the Orsu Local Government Area of Imo state. This exercise resulted in the death of some people and the burning down of Eke Ututu Market which is the economic mainstay of the people of Orsu local government area and other surrounding communities.
I have severally in the past condemned the wasting of lives either by state or non-state actors. I still maintain the view that human lives are sacred and should be respected. Violence begets violence and the circle continues. Genuine dialogue remains the answer”
“The burning down of Eke Ututu market has added another sad dimension to our existing bad situation. The inhabitants of this area are petty traders and subsistent farmers who live basically from hand to mouth.
“I strongly condemn the burning down of Eke Ututu market. The burning down of this market has negatively touched the very core of the existence of these people who may be changed to a life of misery given the present economic strangulation we are in. I appeal to government authorities to investigate this incident and take the necessary steps to prevent its reoccurrence” He concluded