Human Rights, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’ Foundation (HURIDE), has called for the immediate arrest of soldiers who shot and killed citizen Anuli Eze and four others who were severely injured during the EndSARS protest in the State.
The rights group unequivocally condemned the despicable and abominable murder of Eze and four other Anambra youths who were shot at close range by some soldiers who engaged in shooting spree against #End SARS protesters who went to collect Covid-19 palliatives at Anambra state government warehouses in Awka.
Some youths ostensibly due to hunger attempted to broke into warehouses where rice, indomie and other foodstuffs for Covid-19 palliatives were kept.
They were said to have attempted to carte away the items which was received months back but was hoarded and kept by the officials of the State Government, apparently wating to be distributed to party members during the upcoming gubernatorial electioneering in 2021.
However when the youths attempted to broke into the warehouse, the soldiers guarding the place was said to have open fire and shot at them in a close range.
In the process Citizen Eze an indigene of the state was murdered in a cold blood while four other citizens who sustained various degree of severe injuries were taken to Amaku General Hospital, Awka and abandoned them to their fate without medical attention.
HURIDE in a statement signed by its chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) Dede Uzor A Uzor and its Chief media officer Comrade Unah Zack Unah however said the method through which Citizen Eze and others were brutally shot at in a cold blood was uncivlised, crude, ugodly, wicked and therefore should be condemned by people of good conscience.
They called on the federal government under Presidemt Muhammad Buhari to immediately fish out those soldiers who killed Citizens Eze and shot four other citizens with different degree of injuries all over their bodies.
The group said the Anambra State Government should also provide the families of the disease victims the sum of N20 million each and tender a public apology in four different newspapers.
Governor Willie Obiano, they said, should assure Anambra citizens of their security of lives from soldiers and other security operatives in the State who he uses to kill and maim innocent and defenceless citizens.
Furthermore, the group gave the governor 14 days to address this all-important matter but if he fails they shall resort to another rounds of protest that will shake the foundation of this state and then regard and see him as an “enemy of democracy,constitutionalism and rule of law” the group cautioned.