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Oraifite killings: Misinformation, mischievous narratives worry community leaders

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Leaders of Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State have expressed concern over misinformation and mischievous narratives emanating from some individuals and groups over the recent bloody clashes that resulted to the death of two senior police officers and injury to about 15 others at Oraifite.
The leadership of Oraifite, including the Isi Obi and the Obis, the executives of Oraifite Improvement Union, other quarter chairmen and the entire Oraifite citizens, in a  statement signed by the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe Dan Udoji, Obi Oraifite (VIII); Sir Sunny Igboanuzie,
President General, Oraifite Improvement Union (OIU) and Bro Uche Offor, Secretary General (OIU), and read to journalists in a press conference in Awka, maintained that “these misinformed, and in some cases mischievous narratives whether intentional, deliberate or inadvertent, are politicizing what should ordinarily be seen as criminal actions.
Also, they are inadvertently capable of inciting further retributive actions, violence and lawlessness in our characteristically peaceful community”.
They accused the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, influential individuals and other community leaders of making public statements and contributions to the media without the facts of the matter, reasonable diligence or sense of responsibility, which could obstruct the justice they are seeking and potentially incite further violence and lawlessness.
 
They accused the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, influential individuals and other community leaders of making public statements and contributions to the media without the facts of the matter, reasonable diligence or sense of responsibility, which could obstruct the justice they are seeking and potentially incite further violence and lawlessness.
They made it clear that the December 2 bloody mayhem was caused by disputes between two masquerade cult groups, ‘Otu Eke’ and ‘Out Afor’ in the community and that the leadership of Otu Eke ordered hoodlums and miscreants to attack Out Afor faction during the burial ceremony of one of their members, one Mr. Chukwudi Okafor, which resulted to civil unrest in the community.
“For avoidance of doubt, the involvement of the Police in these matters was initiated by the complaints filed by the Chairman, and members of Otu Afor faction and members of late Mr. Chukwudi Okafor.
“Other subsequent incidents, violence, lawlessness and destruction of lives and properties resulted from the police effort to rescue the abducted members of Out Afor factions, arrests of the culprits and restoration of peace and order.
“Based on these facts, we implore all stakeholders, particularly those in influential positions to frame public opinion, to exercise wisdom and judgment in public statements and contributions to the media.
“All stakeholders must avoid the urge to investigate and adjudicate these heinous crimes in the media rather than in a legitimate court of law,” the statement added.
While commending the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu for transferring the case to Police Headquarters, the community expressed sympathy with the police over its two officers who lost their lives in the incident.
“With sorrowing hearts, we empathize with all the families that lost loved ones through these unfortunate incidents, particularly the families of ACP Oliver Abbey, Area Commander, Oraifite and ASP Joseph Akubo attached to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“We also empathize with all the individuals and families who, for no fault of theirs, lost properties or incurred injuries during these incidents. We will continue to pray for the speedy healing of our community, Oraifite”, part of the statement read.
 
 

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