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Residents Protest As Southeast Security Network Allegedly Kills 14 In Imo

The Imo State Police Command confirmed the killings and assured proper investigations into the matter.

Residents of Awomama community in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State, Southeast Nigeria, on Monday, July 18, protested the alleged killing of 14 youths by suspected members of Southeast Security Network codenamed Ebubeagu.

Locals said the victims were killed while returning from a wedding ceremony on Sunday, July 17, in a neighbouring Otulu community in the same council area.

“The Ebubeagu operatives took deliberate steps to ensure the young men were dead. Those who still moved (their bodies) were finished off with a volley of bullets,” said Nnamdi Agbor, the President-General of Otulu Community.

Agbor added that others who ran into a nearby bush were still missing, while some persons who sustained gunshot injuries were hospitalised.

HumAngle obtained the video clips of Monday’s protest with many youths demanding justice for the victims as they carried them in wheelbarrows and trucks. 

They also called for the disbandment of the security network.

“These are the people that were killed by Ebubeagu operatives. They were 14 killed while returning from a wedding ceremony,” a voice was heard in the background of the video.

Our reporter contacted Michael Abattam, Imo State Police Command’s spokesperson, who confirmed the youths’ killing. He also said investigations have begun into the incident.

Ebubeagu security outfit was set up in 2021 by Southeast governors to fight the rising insecurity in the region.

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