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Anambra: Youths of Isuaniocha community, Awka North LG petition IG over alleged police harassment

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Youths of Isuaniocha community in Awka North Local government area of Anambra state have called on the Inspector General of police to urgently look into alleged arrests of people from the town by some police operatives.

The youths numbering over eighty alleged that some individuals in the community were using their wealth to invite police and other security operatives to intimidate, harass and arrest them without any established offence or crime.

The youths who chatted solidarity songs display placards with inscriptions such as”Isuaniocha people are crying for help, Governor Soludo come to our aid, Governor Soludo, Isuaniocha people are dying please Save us from brutality, IGP please intervene, marched through the Civic Center in the community” .

Their spokesperson and Youth leader, Ozor Onyemazu Ngini narrated that there had been crisis in the town since 2017 when Mr Tony Onyeagolu was the President General and after one year in office, he began to have misunderstanding with the people .

According to him, the crises has led to the death of some individuals in the area and also caused destruction of property.

The youth leader claimed that upon observing that the community was making efforts to elect a new President General and have a traditional ruler, the same suspected people started using the police and other security agents to harass and intimidate him and others who were out to ensure that peace was returned to Isuaniocha.

Mr Ngini said all the youths and other residents wanted was for the Commissioner of Police Mr Echeng Echeng and the Anambra State government to be aware of what is happening in Isuaniocha Community where some persons are using few corrupt police officers to destabilize the town.

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Another youth who gave his name as Mr chukwuma regretted that the situation had put a clog in the wheels of development in the area while youths continued to abandon their jobs and take refuge in other areas due to incessant police intimidation.

Reacting to the allegations, the former President General of Isuaniocha Mr Tony Onyeagolu denied any involvement in the alleged Killing of persons or destruction of property in the area noting that he was equally arrested by the police in 2020 and was in detention for 6 months and two weeks after which the matter was charged to court.

In a telephone interview the Police Public Relations Officer in Anambra state, Mr Tochukwu Ikenga, advised the protesting youths to write to the command, saying that policeo come to the aid of civilians to maintain Law and Order as well as ensure that lives and property are protected.

The people of Isuaniocha Community are expectant that the authorities of the Nigeria police and the Anambra State government would come to their aid.

Source: FRCN

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