From Chidi Asonye, Umuahia
On the heels of a recent clash between yet to be identified hoodlums and security agents in Ohafia community, the Ohafia Local Government Council has received further complaints of alleged intimidation, harassment and stifling of the constitutional freedom of movement and right to do legitimate business of the people in the suburb.
Accordingly, the executive chairman of the council area, Dr. Okorafor Ukiwe has urged people of the area to remain calm as efforts are ongoing to resolve the situation.
Dr. Ukiwe who spoke through Idika Micheal, his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in a press statement had further advised the youths of the council area to allow the military perform their constitutional duties and stop pelting them with objects to avoid aggravated responses just as he advised the military to put an end to what he called needless humiliation of innocent and law abiding citizens through compelling them to raise hands and other dehumanizing acts.
Dr. Ukiwe further enjoined all Eze Ogos, Autonomous Ezes, youth leaders as well as all communal improvement unions to urgently control the influx of unknown persons to their communities and be accountable for the peace and security of their communities.
While calling on the general public to disregard the fake news of reported casualties until government or security authorities make a clear statement on the matter, the Chairman of the council area that Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu has made, “provisions for the engagement, skill acquisition and empowerment of youths in Ohafia Local Government with the aim of providing sustainable development, peace and security in Ohafia LGA”.