Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Chief Chuks Ejikeme, President of United Anambra State Association of Canada has called on the State Government to constitute an independent panel to investigate the remote and immediate causes of Oraifite crisis in Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra state.
Ejikeme made the call through a press statement signed by himself and Mr Ifeanyi Ilukwe, the Public Relations Officer of the association and made available to Journalist on Monday in Awka.
The statement condemned the manner of the incident that happened at Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor’s country home at Ifite Oraifite where homes were burnt and lives lost and appealed to people to always act within the ambit of the law.
The association condemned in totality the extrajudicial killings of police officers and innocent citizens of the state on December 2 at Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra and said the situation could have been handled better.
He said that the association was sad over the wanton destruction of lives and properties of lawful citizens and inflicted injuries on unsuspecting citizens who were carrying out their legitimate business.
Ejikeme said that such unguarded actions do not portray the image of the state in very good light before the international community.
He therefore appealed to the Anambra state Governor Chief Willie Obiano to investigate the matter in order to get to the root of the case and proffer lasting solutions that would restore peaceful co existence between the citizens and police force.
“People should not take laws into their hands and act based on assumptions which would infringe on other people’s fundamental rights,” he said.
The statement also appealed to the police force to handle the case with best practices principle and ensure they restore the confidence and credibility of the police force before the citizens and the international community.
Ejikeme said as proud Anambra citizens, the association reiterated its commitment to peace, safety, security of the state and the nation at large and appealed to all the people to abstain from taking laws into their own hand.
The statement urged the police force to handle the case with utmost professionalism it deserves and place the image of the police in a very professional manner.
Ejikeme said that the association commiserated with the police force over the unfortunate killings of its officers as well as the families that lost their loved ones and properties at the incidents.