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Published On: Thu, Apr 3rd, 2014

An SOS to Jonathan, IGP

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By Innocent Elem Okoh

I am an elderly Nigerian citizen and a staunch Christian. I have watched the ugly situation in my neighbourhood. As a peace-loving citizen of Ebonyi state and Nigeria, I want to appeal to President, Dr. GoodluckEbele Jonathan and the Inspector General of Police Muhammad Abubakar to stop a cold war going on in Enohia-Itim in Afikpo local government area of Ebonyi state where the village has ganged up against the Muslim leader of Ebonyi in an orchestrated attempt to seize his property and ostracize him from his community.

I am from a neighbouring village and I know the Muslim leader to be a very good man and a peace-loving Muslim. No one in his community considers him trouble maker. He has championed many peace moves in his community and its environs. That is why it beats the imagination why he has been targeted for persecution. I am very disturbed by this development due to the fact that many fights have erupted from minor community misunderstandings. This cold war in Enohia community has been taking twist from one dimension to the other, all geared towards the Muslims of the area. This is despite all that the Muslims are subjected to face in terms of denials to equal rights because of their minority status in the state.

This is, therefore, a humble but serious call on our humble President to intervene and come to the aid of our Muslim leader. I want to also request Mr. President to ask our elderly but wise state governor to prevail upon these bad eggs in Enohia community from their nefarious activities because it said that a stitch in time saves nine. It is clear that many fights in the country today would have been nipped in the bud if appropriate measures had been taken.

My investigation has revealed that the EzeNdi Muslim 1 of Ebonyi state, Alhaji Muhammad ObiahuAjah, has been targeted by a one-time commissioner in the cabinet of Governor Martin Elechi. Nobody can explain the body language of the governor himself towards this unfortunate happening because no action has been taken by the state government despite several appeals. It was gathered that Ajah had complained formally to the governor and the Ebonyi state commissioner of police over a conspiracy to collect his property and the mounting threat to his life and family. According to reports, the commissioner of police mandated the Afikpo Area Command to investigate the threat but there has been no tangible result. The Police Area Command had merely invited them to a discussion and freed them within few minutes.

The reports have it that the conspiracy is over a portion of land which had been allocated to the Muslim leader by the elders of the community over 20 years ago. The Muslim leader had utilized the said little plot of land for the purpose for which it was strictly given. The land was a dumping ground for the community. The Muslim leader also has a written agreement endorsed by the elders and him. All these facts are known to the Afikpo Police Area Command and were clearly stated in the Muslim leader’s letter to Governor Martin Elechi. The report stated that 23 years after the leader had been in possession of his property, the group, led by the one-time commissioner who feels to have been politically empowered has been on the rampage fermenting troubles on the Muslim leader and his family.

Another twist innthe matter is said to be unconnected with the outcome of the leadership tussle for the stool of Itim II of Itim, a position for the ezeship of ofItim Autonomous Community which is the greatest in Afikpo local government area. The Commissioner’s brother had indicated interest in the position but was unanimously rejected by the people on strong grounds of his past dirty records in his immediate community. However, the elected Itim II of Itim was said to have been strongly supported by all social and religious groups and influential personalities including the Muslim leader. The new Itim II of Itim has also suffered for not being given his staff of office by the Ebonyi state government due the activities of the group. The commissioner’s elder brother, as the leader of this group, has been busy pitching community members against each other.

The group has been holding nocturnal meetings to perfect their plans. They recently dragged the Muslim leader to the Magistrate court to legalize their evil plan. The community has been hypnotized by the wandering evil plans of this group. They have turned the community to war zone in Afikpo. And since the state government and the state police have seemed overwhelmed by this tiny terrorist group, the need for Mr. President and the IG to act is very urgent. We need peace in Enohia-Itim. We need peace in Afikpo. We need peace in Ebonyi state and we need people in our dear motherland Nigeria. Come to our aid, Mr. President! Come to our aid IG Abubakar, before the group eats up every Nigerian in Enohia-Itim.

Innocent Elem Okoh wrote in from 106 Old Enugu Road, Abakaliki


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