… Tells security agents to clampdown impostors

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Worldwide has frowned at the extra-judicial killing, maiming, harassment, extortion, intimidation and detention of innocent and unarmed people in South East Region.

The Apex Youth body in the Region at a World Press Conference held at Nigeria Union of Journalists Centre Owerri on Monday called on government to find a lasting solution to the lingering carnage in Igbo enclave so that peace and orderliness will reign supreme.

The Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Worldwide, Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu, said the killings in the Region is getting out of hand. He expressed bitterness that Izombe, Agwa communities in Oguta, Orsu and Orlu LGAs of Imo State are theatre of war.

According to the group, “we responsibly appreciate and acknowledge the unfortunate security impasse in South East especially the renowned Oguta carnage. We condemn in strong terms the remote and immediate causes of these security challenges in these local communities and we have, as a matter of urgency, swung into fact finding mission in order to set the records straight and proffer means to lasting peace, stability and security of lives and property in Ala Igbo”.

Okalaezeukwu stressed that “in the interest of truth and justice, we reaffirm our solidarity and support to the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, government at all levels and all security agencies for absolute peace, stability and security in Igbo.

Okpalezeukwu alleged that Igboayaka .O. Igboayaka and Ifeanyi Nweke are not the National President and Secretary General of Ohanaeze Youth Council as they claim, accusing them of sponsoring and dishing out media publications that spark insecurity in the region.

“We are here in Owerri primarily to inform the Police and other security agencies in Imo State of the activities of some impostors who have been involved in criminal impersonation of Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing Worldwide and to also dissociate ourselves from their unfounded publications in the last couple of months.

He noted that the group has “successfully instituted a case of impersonation against Igboayaka. O . Igboayaka and Ifeanyi Nweke who have been falsely parading themselves as National President and Secretary General of Ohaneze Youth Council. We want to state categorically that there is nothing like Ohanaeze Youth Council, rather we are the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Worldwide”.

He stated that the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing Worldwide was duly elected on 5th of August 2021, under the supervision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, under the then leadership of late President General, Prof. George Obiozor and Amb. Okey Emuchay as Secretary General.

“Therefore, Igboayaka and Co’s publications do not represent the position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing. Be that as it maybe, as a responsible and law abiding organization, we took this course to preserve our sanctity and integrity which the duo had attempted to compromise. On this note, we formally call on the appropriate security agencies to do the needful, even humanly and professionally.

With National Vice Youth Leader, Ogbonnia Wenceslaus adding that “Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing will never condone the extra judicial execution of unarmed Igbo Youths anywhere, neither do we support nor align ourselves with any individual or groups that attempt to malign or disparage Governor Hope Uzodinma or any other leader by mere speculations or hearsay without due diligence.

“In the same vein, we will not support any criminal activities driven by either economic gain or political desperation. We will never allow Igboland to be turned into a theatre of war by irresponsible actors who use our Youths to capture power”, the group said.

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