While eyewitness accused the Ebubeagu Security outfit of the killings, Governor Hope Uzodinma has absolved them, saying that it was the Nigeria secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS) that carried the massacre.
Also, the State Director of DSS had also accepted that its operatives invaded the camp of “unknown gunmen in Awomama where the so called criminals were killed.”
But the Archbishop Ugorji in statement issued on Friday titled: “The Blood Of Abel Cries To High Heavens”, said the killings of the wedding guests had no justification and should not be swept under the carpet. He demanded that all those involved whether DSS or Ebubeagu be brought to justice.
While he described the killing as barbaric, offensive and totally unacceptable no matter the reason, the cleric stated that “Law and Order are not synonymous with jungle justice.”
The statement partly read: “The gruesome murder of some youths at Awomama in Imo State a few days ago has caused public outrage. Since this incident, there have been various narratives about who carried out this dastardly and abominable act, and why.
“While some members of the public blame government and her security outfit EbubeAgu for murdering unarmed and defenceless young men coming back from a wedding, The DSS Director, on the other hand, confirmed that his men carried out an operation in a camp, where those he described as ‘bandits’ were killed, as a means of ensuring public security.
“Our aim is not to delve into this web of contradictory narratives, but to unequivocally condemn this mindless blood-letting, and similar senseless killings, which have bedevilled Igbo society, especially Imo State in recent times.”


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