House of Reps begins public hearing over alleged killing of Enugu vigilante operatives by soldiers

Members of the House of Representatives adhoc committee investigating the alleged murder of some vigilante operatives in Eke Community in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State by soldiers attached to the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, have commenced public hearing into the matter.

The lawmakers decried the spate of reckless killings in the country.

The lawmakers said that the National Assembly is worried by the way and manner the lives of Nigerians are being wasted on a daily basis in the country.

Speaking at the government house, Enugu, when the members of the committee paid a working visit to the governor, Dr Peter Mbah to brief him of their mission, the chairman of the committee, Hon Abdulraheem Sanni Egidi, expressed displeasure with the way the Nigerian soldiers killed some vigilante groups who were responding to distress call on banditry and kidnapping, adding that they were on a fact-finding assignment in the state.

The committee expressed its resolve to unravel the reasons behind the unlawful killings of the indigenes by soldiers at Eke in Udi LGA.

According to him, following a motion moved by a member representing Ezeagu/Udi Federal Constituency, Hon. Sunday Cyriacus Umeha, to investigate the “gruesome murder of some Nigerians by soldiers in the state on the 29th of June, 2023”, the House of Representatives resolved to embark on a fact-finding mission.

“The House considering this as a matter of urgent public interest as it affects the lives of Nigerians, resolved to set up this ad hoc committee to among other things; investigate what actually happened on that fateful day, and punish those found culpable; visit the victims critically lying at the hospital, and families of the deceased, and urge the National Emergency Management Agency to provide relief materials to the victims of the gunshots.

“The National Assembly is worried by the way and manner the lives of Nigerians are being wasted on a daily basis, and resolved to end this by whichever means possible”, he said.

Egidi used the opportunity to commend Governor Mbah, for the support his administration has been giving the security agencies in his efforts to protect the lives and property of the citizens, and rid the state of crime.

He noted that the governor has shown resolve in combatting criminality and ensuring the “protection of lives and properties of the people” by providing adequate support in cash and kind to the security agencies to complement the efforts of the federal government.

Governor Mbah, who was represented by the Deputy Governor of the state, Barr Ifeanyi Ossai, extolled the resilient spirit of the committee for being proactive in their response to the plight of Nigerians, adding that the state government would give them maximum support and protection as they discharged their duties.

While condemning the unfortunate loss of lives, the governor called on the committee to discharge their duties without partiality, urging them to listen to all sides, including witnesses, before drawing their conclusions.

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